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PUBLICATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON HISTORY 

AND TRADITION OF THE COLONIAL DAMES 

OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK 

mo. I 



THE 

MINUTES OF THE 

ORPHANMASTERS 

OF 

NEW AMSTERDAM 
1655 to 1663 



Translated and Edited under the Auspices of the 
Committee on History and Tradition of the 

Colonial Dames of the State of New York 



BY 

BERTHOLD FERNOW 

Late Archivist of the State of New York, 

Honorary resp. Corresponding Memter of the Historical Societie* 

of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, 

Virginia, etc., etc., etc. 



NEW YORK 

FRANCIS p. HARPER 
1902 



COPVRIGHT, Iq02, 

BY 

SOCIETY OF COLONIAL DAMES 
STATE OF NEW YORK. 






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THE COMMITTEE ON 
HISTORY AND TRADITION 

OF THE 

jolonlal J)ame0 of tbe ^tate of ]|, ^, 



MRS. WILMOT TOWNSEND COX, Chairman. 

MRS. ALFRED CORNELIUS ROWLAND, 

MRS. CHARLES S. FAIRCHILD, 

MRS. ROBERT FANSHAWE BLOODGOOD, 

MRS. CHARLES LUDOVIC HACKSTAFF, 

MRS. CHARLES PRICE BRITTON, 

MRS. CHARLES F. OSTRANDER, 

MRS. WILLIAM GRAY PARK, 

MRS. THOMAS NICKERSON, JR., 

MRS. HORACE CLARK DU VAL, 

MRS. HORATIO SEYMOUR. 



PREFACE. 



It was argued in an elevated railway case, some 
years ago, that only English law prevailed on Man- 
hattans Island, even though the Dutch West India 
Company ruled the Province of which the Island 
was a part, but nevertheless we have to look for 
the origin of the Orphans' Court, of which the 
minutes are herewith presented, in the Twelve 
Tables of the Roman law, of which the fifth re- 
lated to inheritances and guardianships. The By- 
zantine Emperor Justinian (527 to 565 a, d.), wish- 
ing to promulgate a body of law, not too bulky for 
general use, appointed a commission of jurists, who 
compiled the works on which all laws of Continental 
Europe are based to-day; two previous compila- 
tions — the Roman law of the Burgundians and the 
Roman law of the Visigoths — having been used to am- 
plify or diminish the provisions of Justinian's Code. 

The Institutes of Justinian direct that, if a person 
died without a testament, the law should regulate 
the succession to the inheritance, as prescribed in 
the Twelve Tables ; also that a curator or guardian 
must be appointed, when the heirs or children were 
minors, and therefore not only not able to conduct 
their affairs, but also unable to understand, perhaps 



vi Preface. 

to speak, the forms necessary in legal transactions. 
They were considered unfit to protect their own in- 
terests, until they had completed their twenty-fifth 
year. 

The Roman Dutch law added to this provision 
of Justinian the rule of the great Greek lawgiver 
Solon, that no one should be the guardian of a per- 
son whose death would benefit such guardian. It 
was, as Sir Edmund Coke said, to avoid, quasi 
agnum committer e lupo ad devorandum (" turn the 
lamb over to the wolf, that he might devour it "). 
Various cases, related in the following pages, will 
show that the Orphan Masters of New Amsterdam 
strictly adhered to this rule, and never made a sur- 
viving parent the curator of the property to which 
the child or children were entitled. 

Before New Amsterdam received its charter as a 
city the Director General and Council of the Prov- 
ince were ex-ofiicio bound " to take cognizance of 
matters pertaining to minor children, widows, or- 
phans, etc.," and under their supervision the Deacons 
of the Reformed Church acted as Orphan Masters, 
but with the incorporation of the village as a city 
the duties of Director and Council devolved upon 
the newly created municipal rulers — the Burgomas- 
ters and Schepens, — who, at their second meeting on 
February lo, 1653, resolved "that it is necessary to 
appoint Orphanmasters," for which position they 
submitted to the Director and Council four names 
to select two. 



Preface. vii 

" However praiseworthy," replied Stuyvesant, 
" the intention of the Burgomasters and Schepens is 
and the Director General and Council are pleased 
with it, yet considering, that more appendages are 
required thereto, before such an Orphans' Court 
could be established, for which the weak state of this 
just beginning City is not yet prepared, while at the 
same time it is not less necessary according to God's 
orders to take care of widows and children, the 
Director General and Council decide, that as here- 
tofore the Deacons shall keep their eyes open and 
look as Orphanmasters after widows and orphans, 
reporting to Burgomasters and Schepens, that spe- 
cial curators * may be appointed for this or that 
widow and orphans or over their estates, whereupon 
Burgomasters and Schepens shall make such order 
and appoint such curators as may be required by cir- 
cumstances, the curators being responsible to Burgo- 
masters and Schepens and if these learn, that the 
effects and property of widows and orphans are not 
taken care of, they are to appoint other curators and 
call the negligent to account." 

No records are in existence to tell us how matters 
were managed under this ruling, but we must as- 
sume this modus vivendi was not quite satisfactory, 
for on October i8, 1655, the Burgomasters take up 
again the appointment of regular Orphan Masters, 
writing to the Director General and Council : 

* Under Roman law the curator had charge of the eitate, and the tutor of 
the person of his ward or pupil. 



viii Preface. 

" Whereas we find by daily experience and petitions, 
presented to us, that there are at present in this 
City widows and orphans, for whom we deem it 
necessary, that proper provision be made in order, 
that they and their property and effects be properly 
employed and administered ; therefore we request, 
according to our instructions, that your Honours 
would be pleased, to commission (according to the 
custom of our Fatherland) certain persons, who might 
attend, as Orphanmasters, to that duty." * The 
Director and Council quickly admitted the necessity 
of the appointment of such officers and selected 
from the four men whose names had been submitted, 
two, who, however, did not act as Orphan Masters, 
but only as Overseers of Orphans ; the Burgomasters 
continuing to sit as Judges of the Orphans' Court ; 
and it required a new remonstrance on their part in 
February, 1656, to induce Stuyvesant to the creation 
of the office as a separate body, " whose duty it 
shall solely be, to attend to orphans and minor chil- 
dren within the jurisdiction of this City and to ad- 
minister on their property in and out of the City and 
oversee such administration by others." f 

The names of the people of whom this volume 
speaks are invariably written as in the original man- 
uscripts, and the divergences occurring are not typo- 
graphical errors. Berthold Fernow. 

*This translation is taken from p. 380, vol. i, '"Records of New Am- 
sterdam." 

f For the laws governing this Court see Rooseioom, " Receuil van Weeten 
en Kostumen der Staden Amsterdam, 1656." 



MINUTES OF THE ORPHAN MASTERS OF 
NEW AMSTERDAM 

1655-1663 
(The Surrogate's Court in Dutch Times) 



The Right Honourable Director General and Coun- 
cil of New Netherland 

Are respectfully informed by the undersigned 
Burgomasters of this City of Amsterdam in New 
Netherland : 

That by daily experience through requests to us 
we find, that there are now in this City widows and 
orphans, who we think should be taken care of, that 
their means and property be well administered and 
made use of. In obedience to our instructions we 
therefore request your Honours, that following the 
customs of our Fatherland you will appoint some 
persons to the office of Orphan Masters, for which 
we propose a double number, from whom your 
Honours will please to select and appoint a single 
one. Awaiting your Honours' favorable decision we 
remain 

Your Honours' subjects 

The Burgomasters of the City of Amster''"" 

Allard Anthony Gloff Stevensen 

Amsterdam in N. N., October 18, 1655, 



2 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

We nominate 

PlETER WOLFERTSEN, HenDRICK HeNDRICKSEN KiP 

PiETER Corn, van Veen & Jacob Steendam 

The Director General and Council have selected 
and confirmed as Overseers of orphans Pieter Wol- 
fersen van Couwenhoven and Pieter Cornelissen van 
der Veen, to attend to the duties of this office for 
the benefit of widows and orphans, communicating 
with and under the instructions of the Burgomasters. 
Done at the meeting of Director General and Coun- 
cil of N. N. Octobr. 19, 1655. 

(Signed) P. Stuyvesant 

By order of Director General and Council 

CoRNELis VAN RuYVEN, Secry. 

Tuesday, November 9, 1655, at the City Hall 
present the Worshipful Burgomasters of the City of 
Amsterdam as Orphan Masters, towit Messrs. Al- 
tar d Anthony and Olof Stevensen. 

Whereas Elbert Elbertsen in trying to board the 
ship Bontekoe was drowned in the North River and 
it is known, that Rynier Rycken, free merchant here, 
received from the deceased before his departure 
power of attorney for the business here in the coun- 
try, Therefore said Rynier Rycken, being summoned, 
appeared and admitted having the power of attor- 
ney ; he was ordered to produce it at the next meet- 
ing of the Orphan Masters, namely next Tuesday, 
and in the meantime Secretary Kip is to take a com- 



of New Amsterdam. 3 

plete inventory of what said Elbert Elbertsen may 
have left here. 

Whereas Claes Willemsen de Jongh, of Amsterdam 
has died here at the house of Adriaen Blommart, 
Therefore said Blommart is summoned by their 
Worships, as Orphan Masters, to give information 
concerning the affairs and the estate of deceased and 
appearing declares, that Claes de Jongh dec'd had 
given him in his lifetime power of attorney and that 
therefore he, Blommart, had an inventory of the 
goods made by Notary Schelluyne. As it is consid- 
ered necessary, that said power of attorney and in- 
ventory should be produced, said Blommart is or- 
dered to bring an authenticated copy of the papers 
to the meeting of the Orphan Masters next Tuesday. 

Whereas Johan van Beeck has perished in the last 
disaster ' Therefore their Worships, the Burgomas- 
ters, as Orphan Masters, consider it necessary, that 
agreeably to the customs of the Fatherland guard- 
ians for the infant child be appointed and for this 
purpose there has been summoned Maria Verleth, 
the widow of said J. van Beeck, and the matter was 
laid before her ; but as she could not so quickly re- 
solve, whom to name and refused some, who were 
proposed, she was given time to think of it until the 
next meeting of the Orphan Masters, next Tuesday 
at 100. c. and the case deferred until then. 

• Probably the Indian onslaught of September 15, 1655. 



4 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Whereas Pieter Cecer, alias Mallemock, and his 
wife have lately died, leaving six small children, 
Therefore their Worships, the Burgomasters, as 
Orphan Masters, have deemed it necessary, that 
tutors and guardians for said children be appointed 
and they have selected as such and herewith appoint 
Pieter van Linde as being the stepfather of the 
mother, and Isaacq Kip as witness (^getuyge) for the 
youngest child. They are hereby authorized to sell 
or employ the goods and property, left by deceased, 
for the benefit of the children, to hire out or bind 
out the children to honest and suitable people and to 
do everything, what time and circumstances point 
out as proper. They shall be held, when called upon, 
to render account, produce vouchers etc to the 
Orphan Masters. Thus done etc. November 9, 
1655. 

Whereas Cornelis Hendricksen of Dort has per- 
ished in the late disaster^ and has left besides a 
widow a small child and whereas as yet no inventory 
has been taken of his estate. Therefore his widow 
Madaleen Dircx has been summoned to appear be- 
fore their Worships, the Burgomasters, as Orphan 
Masters, and she was asked, whether she knew of any 
relatives of her husband here in the country ; she 
answered, she knew of none and as their Worships 
consider it necessary, to appoint, according to the 
customs of the Fatherland, guardians for the small 

' See previous note. 



of New Amsterdam. 5 

child, they have chosen and appointed, as they here- 
with do, Jan Vtnj'e, as being related to the widow, 
and Hendrick Kip, an old Burgher and inhabitant 
here, who are hereby authorized to take within three 
days from date in the presence of the Secretary an 
inventory of the estate of said Cornells Hendricksen 
dec'd and to submit the same next Tuesday to the 
Orphanmasters who will then decide upon the dis- 
position of it. Done as above. 

Whereas Cornells Clasen Swits and Tobias Teun- 
issen perished in the last disaster and their widows 
and children are still with the savage barbarians and 
whereas quite lately in gathering the cattle on the 
Island some heads were found and brought in, be- 
longing to said Cornelis Clasen and Tobias Teunissen 
dec'd, Therefore their Worships, the Burgomasters, 
as Orphanmasters, have deemed it necessary, that 
proper care be taken to have said cattle put to use 
for the benefit of the widows and orphans. For this 
purpose they have chosen and appointed, as they 
herewith do, Egbert Woutersen, Tomas Hall and 
Cornelis Aertsen, who are hereby authorized to dis- 
pose of said cattle, as they according to time and 
circumstances shall consider best for the heirs. 
They shall be bound to report such disposals with 
proofs, vouchers etc. to the Orphan masters. Done 
November 10, 1655. 

Jan Vinje appeared at the Secretary's office and 
declared, that he could not attend to the guardian- 



6 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

ship of the small child of Cornells Hendricksen of 
Dort dec'd, as he had too much to do with his own 
business and had also been refused by the widow 
Madaleene. 

Tuesday, the i6* of November 1656 {sic). At 
the City Hall met the Worshipful Burgomasters of 
the City of Amsterdam in N. N. as Orphanmasters, 
to-wit the Hon"' Allard Anthony and Oloff Stevensen. 

Whereas Maria Verleth, widow oi Jok. van Beeck, 
was at the last meeting on the 9* inst given time 
until to-day, to consider, whom she should name as 
guardian of her infant child, therefore it has been 
decided to send the messenger for said widow to 
appear: which being done, the Messenger reports, 
that she had said, she were busy and could not 
come. 

Then the Orphanmasters decreed as follows : 

Whereas Sieur Johannes van Beeck has lately 
perished in the last disaster and has left behind in 
this country not only a widow, but also a small 
minor child. Therefore the Burgomasters of this 
City as Orphanmasters have deemed it necessary, 
that following the usages of our Fatherland 
guardians be appointed for said child, in order that 
neither the child nor the widow may be injured in 
their rights and inherited property and having called 
the widow Maria Verleth to appear they have after 
due deliberation appointed and commissioned as 
guardians, as they hereby do, Sieur y^x?^^ van Beeck, 



of New Amsterdam. 7 

the brother of Johannes van Beeck deceased, and 
Nicolas Verleth, the brother of the widow, who are 
hereby authorized as such guardians, first to make 
in the presence of the Secretary an inventory of 
the estate, including furniture, real and personal 
property, debts and credits, here in the country due 
to and by deceased, which inventory they are to 
hand to the Orphanmasters as soon as possible, then 
to make with their advice a proper disposition. 
Done this 16"^ of November 1655. 

It is further ordered, that a copy of the foregoing 
order shall be delivered by the Court Messenger to 
'^\&\xx Joost van Beeck. 

Whereas Madaleen Dircksen, widow of Cornells 
Hendricksen of Dort, has refused to accept the 
guardians, appointed by the Orphanmasters and 
whereas up to date no inventory of the estate has 
been taken, therefore their Worships have decided, 
to call said widow before them, that she may give 
her reasons and state, whom she wishes. Appear- 
ing the widow says, she refuses the formerly 
appointed guardians, because Jan Vinje is her 
adversary and has never had any conversation with 
her or her late husband, while Hendrick Kip is in 
no wise a relative or friend. She requests, that the 
Orphanmasters, if they decide, that guardians are 
necessary, will please to commission Abraham, Ver- 
planck and Andries de Haes. Not knowing any 
reasons, why the named persons should not be made 



8 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

guardians, the Orphanmasters grant the widow's 
request and the men are sent for. Having accepted 
the charge they are commissioned in the manner as 
the preceding guardians and ordered to bring the 
inventory of the estate to the next meeting. 

Rynier Rycken appearing produces, according to 
order given at the last meeting, the power of 
attorney, given him by Elbert Elbertsen dec'd and 
executed before Notary D. v. Schelluyne Novbr. i, 
together with the inventory of what he found to 
have been left by deceased. He requests, that as 
such attorney he may be allowed to sell the clothing 
etc. of deceased for the benefit of the heirs. After 
due consideration the Orphanmasters granted the 
request and ordered that said goods should be sold 
by Secretary Kip at public auction as soon as 
possible. 

Pursuant to order, given at the last meeting, 
Adriaen Blommart sent the power of attorney, 
given him by Claes W. de Jongh dec'd. before 
Notary Schelluyne October 12, 1655, together with 
the inventory of deceased's property found here in 
this country. Having examined it the Orphan- 
masters ordered the power of attorney and the 
inventory to be recorded. 

Whereas Pieter van Linde was at the last meeting 
appointed guardian with Isaack Kip of the minor 



of New Amsterdam. g 

children of Pieter Cecer and in the meantime has 
produced sufficient reasons for declining to act, 
Therefore the Orphanmasters have chosen and com- 
missioned in his place, as they hereby do, Mr. Jacob 
Huges, Surgeon here, to have the same powers as 
mentioned in the former commission. Done 
November i6, 1655. 

Tuesday, November 23, 1656 {sic), at the City 
Hall, Present the W. Orphanmasters Allard An- 
thony and Olof Stevensen. 

Lourens Jansen appearing before their Worships, 
the Burgomasters as Orphanmasters, reported that 
one Barent Driesen and Aeltie N., his wife, had 
perished on Staten Island during this last disaster 
and that there remained a minor child, called Jan 
Barensen, about 7 years, who was at his house ; 
also, that there were still running on Staten Island 
some cattle and other animals of the deceased. He 
requests therefore, that guardians might be ap- 
pointed, to look after and administer said cattle 
and what else is left for the benefit of the child. 
Considering the request reasonable the Orphan- 
masters have chosen and commissioned y<3;;« Eversen 
Bout and Lourens Jansen, who as guardians of said 
infant child are authorized to make an inventory of 
the animals and of whatever else the deceased have 
left and to administer upon the property for the best 
of said child, they being obliged to render and prove 
accounts to the Orphanmasters, when required. 



lo Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Abraham Verplanck and Andries de Haes, 
guardians of the infant child of Cornells Hendrick- 
sen from Dort, appearing before the Court delivered 
pursuant to order the inventory of what they have 
found, which after examination is discovered of little 
value. Said guardians are therefore ordered to pay 
the debts and collect what is due, as well as possible, 
to sell the clothing and the utensils of deceased at 
public auction and to make a calculation for an 
agreement to buy out the widow. 

The Wov^^^ facob Strycker appearing reports, that 
during the late disaster three young men from 
Steenwyck, namely fan Mewes, Evert fansen and 
fan Gerritsen, living at Verdoncx, have perished 
and that they have standing at his house a chest with 
some clothing, which might be spoiled ; that there- 
fore it is necessary to open, inventory and sell it for 
the benefit of the heirs. For this reason he requests, 
that the Orphanmasters will please to appoint such 
persons, as they think fit and the Orphanmasters 
have called on and commissioned the said Hon*"'* 
facob Strycker, Schepen of this City, and Allard 
Coninck, to open as soon as possible in the presence 
of the Secretary said chest, make an inventory and 
sell the contents for the benefit of heirs at public 
auction. Done etc Novbr. 23, 1655. 

Thursday, the 20''' of January 1656, at the City 
Hall. Present the Worshipful Orphanmasters 
Allard Anthony and Olof Stevensen. 



of New Amsterdam. 1 1 

Joost van Beeck appearing requests, that their 
Worships would please to excuse him from the ofifice 
of guardian over the minor child of his deceased 
brotheryi?^ van Beeck, first because he is in doubt, 
whether the marriage between his brother dind Maria 
Verleth was legal, he not having been informed of 
its having been so declared ; therefore he would not 
know, how to govern himself in this case ; secondly, 
because he is a party in interest, as he has some 
claims on the estate of his deceased brother. 

Having considered the reasons put forward by 
Joost van Beeck, also that the widow was from the 
beginning opposed to him as guardian, the Orphan- 
masters discharge him and in his place and that of 
Nicolaes Verleth, who as brother of the widow had 
been commissioned with van Beeck, they elect and 
appoint Sieurs Poulus Leendertsen van die Grift and 
Govert Loockermans, Burghers and landed pro- 
prietors of this City, giving them the following 
commission: 

Whereas S'lenr Johannes van Beeck has lately come 
to his death in the last assault by the Indians and 
has left here besides a widow also an infant child, 
Therefore the Burgomasters of this City as Orphan- 
masters consider it necessary, that following the 
customs of our Fatherland guardians be appointed 
for said infant child, in order that neither the same 
nor the widow be injured in their rights and property. 
They have for that reason summoned the widow 
Maria Verleth and whereas of the brothers of the 



1 2 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

deceased as well as of the widow having been 
requested and commissioned, the first refused to act, 
they have after due deliberation chosen as impartial 
guardians Sieurs Poulus Leendertsen van die Grift 
and Govert Loockermans, who are hereby authorized, 
(provided they receive their pay according to the 
Ordinance of the Orphan chamber of Amsterdam), to 
take as soon as possible an inventory of the property, 
both real and personal, debts and credits of said 
fohannes van Beeck here in the country and to pro- 
duce the same to the Orphanmasters, that with their 
advice and consent proper disposition thereof might 
be made. Done at the City Hall of Amsterdam in 
N. N. January 20, 1656. 

Govert Loockermans and Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
guardians over the infant children of facob van 
Couwenhoven and his deceased wife Hester fansen, 
appearing produced a testament, made by said 
Hester fansen dec'd. and facob van Couwenhoven, 
before Notary D. v. Schelluyne and witnesses April 
20, 1653, also evidence of the property, left by their 
mother to the children, sworn to by Couwenhoven 
before said Notary October 2, 1655, and an inven- 
tory of the children's jewels and clothing. They 
request that pursuant to the custom of our Father- 
land the money of the children may be deposited 
with the Orphan-chamber or put out on mortgage, so 
that they might not be prejudiced in their rights. — 
Considering the request reasonable, the Orphan- 



of New A msterdam. 1 3 

masters provisionally order, that the testament and 
the proof of property shall be recorded in the Secre- 
tary's office and, whereas Couwenhoven is at present 
not in good health, that he shall be spoken to about it. 



Abraham Verplanck and Andries de Haes, guard- 
ians of the infant child of Cornel-is Hendricksen 
from Dort, having been called to make, pursuant to 
former order, a bargain for the inheritance of the 
child, appear and request a delay of eight days, as 
they have not yet cleared and liquidated the debts 
and credits here. Granted. 

Whereas the guardians of the minor children of 
Pieter Cecer, alias Mallemock, dec'd. have several 
times complained, that there are no property or 
means to pay all the debts and collect what is due ; 
that they have no money to support the children in 
their charge, who are often brought to their house, 
and whereas they have requested, that some other 
arrangement might be made : Therefore the Orphan- 
masters herewith order said guardians to take the 
estate, as far as it is known to them, to the stewards 
of the dead and of the Indian sufferers or to the 
Deaconry, who are to clear the estate and take care 
of the children. Done etc January 20, 1656. 

On the 24"" of January \, facob Kip, Secretary, 
with Paulus Leendertsen van die Grift and Govert 



14 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Loockermans, administrators of the estate oijoh. van 
Beeck dec'd., have been at the house of his widow 
Maria Verleth and having read to her our authority 
requested her [to assist us] in making an inventory 
accordingly. She answered, she was not inclined 
nor bound to allow the taking of an inventory, as 
she and her husband were citizens of Herfort in New 
England, but, she says, she will send an answer to 
the next meeting of the Orphanmasters. 



Extract from the Register of Resolutions of the 
Honourable Director General and Council of New 
Netherland, made at their meeting Friday, February 
25, 1656. 



The Burgomasters of this City have remonstrated 
to this Board, that the labours and cares, daily occur- 
ring in their offices, are increasing so much, that it 
is inconvenient, to attend as well to the duties of 
Orphanmasters as they would like to : they therefore 
request, that two worthy and respectable men be 
authorized and appointed, whose duty it shall be, to 
look after the orphans and infant children, living in 
the jurisdiction of this City, to administer upon their 
property in and without the City and oversee such 
administration by others. For this purpose they 
have named four persons, requesting the Director 
General and Council to elect two of them as Orphan- 



of New A ms terdam. 1 5 

masters. After due consideration the Director 
General and Council have chosen and confirmed 
from the nomination, as they hereby do, Poulus van 
die Grift and Pieter Wolfertsen van Couwenhoven. 
Done at Fort Amsterdam in N. N. on the day, as 
above. 

Below stood : Agrees with said Register. 

C. V. RuYVEN, Secry. 

Agrees with the original. 

Jacob Kip, Secretary. 



Whereas Cornelis Groesen and his wife Lysbet N. 
have come to their death during the last disaster 
with the Indians and it is reported, that they have 
left some goods at the house oijan Schryver, the 
tailor, therefore the Orphanmasters P. Leendertsen 
van die Grift and Pieter Wolf, van Couwenhoven, 
having deemed it advisable to take an inventory of 
these goods, so that the children, now captives of 
the Indians, when they return, may have the benefit 
of them and debtors as well as creditors may come 
to their rights, this inventory was taken by the 
Orphanmasters in the presence of the Deacons of 
this City on the 20* of April 1656, as more fully 
appears by the record of inventories and as some 
goods were found, which would be of no use to the 
children and as money is required, to ransom them 
and to pay outstanding debts, the Orphanmasters 
have decided to sell to the highest bidder at auction 



1 6 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

the movable goods, which was done on May 4'^ 1656 
and recorded May 5"". Agreeably to the notice 
affixed, everybody is notified, that if he has anything 
to claim from the estate, left by Cornells Groesen 
dec'd he must report it between to-day and next 
Monday, May 8* to the Secretary of this City, Jacob 
Kip, with specifications and proofs under the penalty 
of being debarred with his claim in the future. 
Done this ^"^ of May 1656. 

By order of the Orphan masters, 

Jacob Kip, Secretary. 



May 16, 1656. At the City Hall present the 
Orphanmasters Paulus Leendertsen van die Grift 
and Pieter van Couenhoven. 

Read and examined the account of the estate of 
Cornelis Groesen dec'd, covering as well what said 
Groesen owes according to claims handed in, as 
what is due for goods bought etc. to the estate. 
The following statement was drawn up : 

The Estate of Cornelis Groesen dec'd 

Dr. Cr 

1656 1656 

May 16, To the following creditors May 9, By goods left and 

" DirckvanSchelluyne, sold at public 

on behalf of Corn. auction . f.468.7 

Jansen of Emden, " balance of pur- 

as per note, . f.366. chase-money of 

" Augustyn Hermans 10. house & lot as 

" Judick Verleth, 41.9 per contract, . 500. 



of New Amsterdam. 



17 



Dr. 

1656 1656 

May 16 David Provoost May 9 

dec'd, 

" Hend''. Jansen van 
Naerden, carpen- 
ter as per con- 
tract & account, 

" Aert Willem sen per 
a/c, . 

" Andries Jochemsen 

" la Montagne & Mr. 
Hans, 

" Hendr. the baker, 

" Claes Pietersen Kos, 

" Willem Beeckman, 

" Abram Clock, 

" Walbrugh de Silla, 

" Jan Peeck, 

" Jacob Strycker, 

" Jan Schryver for 
victuals for the 
children and 
making clothes, . 48. 

" Jacob Kip, advanced 
for necessary 
clothing, . . 142. 

** Expenses in ran- 
soming the chil- 
dren, for the 
boy, . fJ.6o 154. 
for the girl, " 94 

" Hendr. Hendr., the 

tailor, . . 27. 

" Isaac de Foreest, . 8. 



Cr, 



28.7 



16.10 

24.8 
7-3 

30. 
12.17 
8. 

25. 

17.14 
10.15 
41. 
4. 



fl. 1022.3 



interest on said 
f.500 according 
to bill of sale, to 
the last payment 
in 1660 at 9. p. c. 
p. a., 



The land lies waste and 
unsold. 



I3S- 



fl.iio3.7 



After examining the account of the estate of Cor- 
nel-is Groesen dec'd the Orphanmasters find, that for 



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the present only 80 per cent of the money in hand 
can be distributed. Therefore the following list was 
made and Secretary Kip is hereby ordered to pay 
the amounts : 



Augustyn Heermans, . 

Judick Verleth, 

David Provoost dec'd, 

Hendrick Jansen, the carpenter, 

Aert Willemsen, 

Andries Jochemsen, . 

Montague & Mr. Hans, 

Hendrick the baker, . 

Claes Pietersen Kos, . 

Willem Beeckman, 

Abram Clock, 

d'Silla, .... 

Jan Peeck 5 fl. in cash and the 
balance next year, when the 
money for the house is 
rec'd, . . . . . 

Jacob Strycker, . . . . 

Hen"^. Hend"*., the tailor, 

Isack Foreest, . . . . 

Jacob Kip, . . . . . 

The Orphanchamber for the ran- 
som, . . . . , 

Jan Schryver for board & 
wages, 



fl. 



8 

32 
12 
12 

19 
6 

24 

10 

6 

20 
12 

8 



" 5 
" 3 
" 20 
" 6 
" 108 

" 100 

" 48 



of New Amsterdam, 19 

Dirck van Schelluyne is assigned upon the pay- 
ment for the house according to the following bond. 
Done etc May 16, 1656. 

P. L, VAN DIE Grift 

PlETER VAN COUENHOVEN 

Before the Orphanmasters of the City of Amster- 
dam in N. N, appeared yb^^//^ Geresolveert Waldron 
and promised to pay as his own debt to the attorney 
of Cornells Jansen from Emden from the yearly 
instalments, which he owes for a house and lot, pur- 
suant to bill of sale of April 3, 1655, bought from 
Cornells Groesen, to-wit now in cash fl. 145, in April 
1657 fl. 100 in April 1658 fll. 121, each punctually, 
under bond of his person and property, real and 
personal, nothing excepted, subject to all laws and 
courts and specially binding said house and lot, so 
that by default of payment the money may be recov- 
ered and collected without loss and expense. 

In witness whereof this has been signed by said 
Joseph Waldron in the presence of the Orphanmas- 
ters at Amsterdam in N. N. May 16, 1656. 

P. L. VAN DIE Grift 

PlETER VAN COUWENHOVEN 

Signed : Joseph Waldron 
In my presence 

Jacob Kip, Secretary. 

May 18, 1656. At the City Hall present the 
Orphanmasters. ^ 

' Names as before. 



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Having seen and considered the testament, made 
by van Couwenhoven and his deceased wife Hester 
Jans, also the statement made hy Jacob van Couwen- 
hoven to his children with the inventory of clothing 
and jewelry, the Orphanmasters resolve, that said 
Couwenhoven shall be summoned as soon as possi- 
ble, to give a mortgage on his real estate as security 
to his children for the property, inherited from their 
mother. 

Wednesday, June 7, 1656. At the City Hall 
present the Orphanmasters. 

Govert Loockermans, one of the guardians of the 
infant children of Jacob van Couwenhoven and his 
late wife Hester Jans, appearing reports, that the 
clothing and jewelry, proved by inventory to belong 
to the children of Couwenhoven and Hester Jans are 
being used, given away and alienated ; he therefore 
requests, that to prevent further alienation they may 
be given to the grandmother of Hester Jans. Jacob 
van Couwenhoven then appeared upon summons and 
denied, that a single piece of the children's property 
had ever been used or given away, and that every- 
thing is still at his house according to inventory and 
he is ready to deliver it, if he is given a document, 
that the clothing and other perishable things shall 
be secured against spoiling. The request of Govert 
Loockermans having been deemed reasonable, the 
Orphanmasters order, that the clothing and jewelry, 
proved to belong to the children, shall be delivered 



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to the grandmother, to be kept by her safely and 
carefully for the best of the children. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven has further, in the pres- 
ence of two Schepens of this City, executed a bond 
and mortgage on his large stone dwelling and brew- 
house to secure the money belonging to his children 
on their mother's side, as more fully appears by the 
Secretary's records. 

By the ship d' Wagh. 

Whereas it has pleased our Lord God, to take 
Cornells Groesen and wife out of this world in the 
last encounter with the Indians and to let their two 
children remain the prisoners of the Indians for some 
time, from which captivity they were ransomed in 
the spring, we have thought it advisable, having 
learned that you are the next blood relation of good 
estate and means, to send these children herewith 
over to you and to inform you of the condition of 
their inheritance, namely that we have inventoried 
the property and sold it to the highest bidder at 
public auction ; we have made the creditors prove 
their claims and have paid them out of the proceeds 
of the sale and the outstanding credits provisionally 
80 p. cent, as you may see by the enclosed inven- 
tory, bill of sale and balance sheet. 

The lands, on which the deceased lived, lie waste 
and if you should deem it advisable to sell them for 
the benefit of the orphans, you may inform us and 
we will make use of the best opportunity. 



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We have fitted out here the children as well as 
possible and as the situation allowed for the voyage 
on the ship de Wagh, their passage and board 
have been paid here by somebody else and you may 
repay the money to the bearer of the document. 
Commending you to the merciful protection of the 
Lord we remain 

Your affectionate friends 
The Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam in 
N.N. 

Done June 9, 1656. 

P. S. If the friends wish a fuller specification of 
the debts and will let us know it, they shall receive it. 

Addressed : Worthy, Very Discreet, the Grand- 
father or in his absence the nearest friends of the 
minor children of Cornells Groesen dec'd. 



Tuesday, October 31, 1656, at the City Hall pres- 
ent the Orphanmasters. 

The Burgomasters and Schepens having ordered 
us, the Orphanmasters P. L. van die Grift and P. 
van Couwenkoven, by marginal note {apostil^ on the 
petition of Rynier Rycken to adjust the differences 
between sayd Rycken and Elizabeth Greveraer, widow 
of Elbert Elbertsen, over the administration of the 
estate by Rycken, 

Therefore, pursuant to the order of said Court we 
have read the answer and claim of said widow and 
having heard both sides, we find that Rynier Rycken 



of New Amsterdam. 23 

has sold by order of the Orphanmasters * the goods 
of said Elbertsen dec'd, of which he produced an ac- 
count with acquaintances and whereas the other side 
raises no other question, than over the commission, 
charged by said Rynier Rycken, the widow having 
had to take wampum on her first arrival and now 
claiming interest, therefore we decide that first an 
absolute judgment must be given and we consider it 
necessary to report our opinion to the Court, who 
will dispose of the case. 

Concerning the commission, the Orphanmasters 
decide, that 5 p. c. are due to Rynier Rycken, as he 
has sold the goods by order. 

Concerning the elk hides, bought for wampum, it 
appears by the confession of Lysbet Greveraer, that 
Rynier has offered them to her, but that she refused 
to take them saying, he had taken the heaviest from 
them and shipped them for his own account, which 
he offers to deny under oath, affirming, that they 
were the same hides, which were bought for wampum 
and which he therefore holds for his own account. 
All this the Orphanmasters consider reasonable. 

Concerning the claim of wampum, we find by affida- 
vit, that Rynier Rycken has offered it to her and she 
refused it : therefore we decide, that Rynier Rycken 
may pay in wampum, which he still offers, on condi- 
tion of giving a proper acquittance without owing 
any interest. 

Concerning the five beavers, which Rynier proves 

* Supra, Minutes of Novbr. l6. 



24 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

by a receipt for half an aem ^ of wine, paid to Jacob 
Backer at the funeral, the Orphanmasters refer to 
the Court, whether they ought to be repaid or 
brought into the account of wampum. Done etc 
October 31, 1656. 

At this meeting the letter and books, sent to the 
Orphanmasters by the Director General and Council 
at the request of Secretary van Ruyven were opened 
and looked into, but as the time is past, the matter is 
deferred and nothing done. 



Tuesday, November 28, 1656, at the City Hall. 

Whereas Aryaentie Cornells, widow of Cornells 
Claesen Swits, intending to marry again with Albert 
Leendersen, bachellor, has now six living chil- 
dren, procreated by said Swits, to whom before the 
solemnization of the marriage a sworn statement of 
the property, inherited from their father must be 
given, so that when they come of age and marry, 
they may have what is their own, Therefore the 
Orphanmasters of this City of Amsterdam in N. N. 
herewith commission as guardians, with the consent 
of said Aryaentie Cornelis, Egbert Woutersen and 
Harmen Smeman, who are hereby authorized to 
make on behalf of said children with the widow such 
an estimate of the paternal inheritance, real and per- 
sonal estate, debts and credits, as they think equity 
requires, to report it to the Orphanmasters before the 

' Am, aum, awm =: 41 gallons English. 



of New Amsterdam. 25 

marriage and have it approved. Done etc. Novem- 
ber 28, 1656. 

By order etc Jacob Kip, Secretary. 
The guardians commissioned as above were called 
in and accepted the charge. 

On the 2^ of December 1656 appeared before the 
Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam in N. N. 
Aryaentie Cornells, widow of Cornells Claesen Swits, 
dec'd., assisted by her present fiance Albert Leender- 
sen on one side, and Egbert Woutersen with Harmen 
Smeeman, guardians, appointed by the Orphanmas- 
ters, on the other side, who declared that in con- 
formity with the order of the Orphanmasters they 
had agreed with each other for the six infant chil- 
dren, born by the said Aryaentie Cornells as wife of 
Cornells Claesen, namely Claes, 16 years old, Isack 
13 yrs, Jacob 11 yrs. Apolonia 8 yrs., Cornells 4 yrs, 
and Cornelia about i year, concerning their pater- 
nal estate as follows : Whereas Aryaentie Cornells 
and Albert Leendersen have made an estimate of the 
property, means, debts and credits, left behind, they 
herewith promise honestly to bring up the six chil- 
dren aforesaid, to feed them, to take care of them, to 
have them taught to read and write, to have them 
learn an honest trade, as their state and condition 
may allow, and when they come of age or marry to 
fit them out decently ; also besides the foregoing to 
give to each child upon coming of age the sum of 25 
Carolusguilders in cash, that is to all children 150 fl. 



26 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

and as security Aryaentie Cornel-is and Albert Leen- 
dersen bind their persons and property, real and per- 
sonal, nothing excepted, especially the land and 
dependencies, hitherto occupied by them, situate on 
the Island of Manhatans near the farm of Jockem 
P" Kuyter dec'd., mortgaging the same herewith, 
that said sum of money may thereby be recovered. 
Having thus agreed they further promise on both 
sides, to fulfill this agreement, submitting to all 
courts and laws. In witness whereof they have all 
signed this. Done etc 

This is , — T— ^ the mark This is „3C^ ^^ mark 

of Egbert Woutersen, of Aryaentie Cornelis, 
made by himself. made by herself 

This is ^^ the mark of 

Albert Leendersen, made by himself 
Harman Schmem p. L. van die Grift 



The guardians of the infant children oi Jacob van 
Couwenkoven appearing before the Orphanmasters 
of this City complain, that said Couwenkoven had 
again mortgaged his property, which might cause 
his children to lose their maternal inheritance. They 
therefore request, that Couwenkoven may be ordered 
to give to them, as guardians, without delay a cor- 
rect account and statement of his property, including 
debts and credits. Considering this request rea- 



of New Amsterdam. 27 

sonable the Orphanmasters cause Jacob van Cou- 
wenhoven to be summoned, who on appearing asks 
for delay, until January next, which is granted and 
said Couwenhoven promises to give to the guardians 
on the first of January next a correct statement of 
his estate with debts and credits. In default thereof 
he promises to deliver to the guardians all his books 
and accounts or else they may take the same out of 
his house without opposition, to draw up themselves 
or through others the desired statement and balance 
sheet. For the carrying out whereof he binds his 
person and property, nothing excepted, subject to 
all laws. In witness etc. December 19, 1656. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven 

January 23"*, 1657, at the City Hall present the 
Orphanmasters. 

Whereas Claes Pietersen Kos, widower of Neel 
Engels dec'd., is engaged to marry Grietie Maes, 
widow of Claes Teunissen dec'd., and whereas said 
Claes Pietersen Kos has had by said Neel Engels a 
child, named Marretie, now nearly 2 years old, 
Therefore the Orphanmasters of this City, desiring 
to do their official duty to secure to said child the 
maternal estate due her, have with the consent of 
said Kos elected as guardians for said child Michiel 
Jansen and Egbert Woutersen, who called to the 
City Hall accept the charge and are herewith com- 
missioned and authorized as such guardians con- 
scientiously to settle with Claes Pietersen either by 



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inventory and appraisement of the estate left behind 
or by agreement, as they shall think fit, what is due 
to the child, which they are to report to the Orphan- 
masters and secure by mortgage upon lands or other 
real property. Done etc. 

We, the underwritten Michiel Jansen and Egbert 
Woutersen, appointed by the Orphanmasters on the 
22,^ of this month of January and authorized as 
guardians of the infant child of Claes Pietersen Cos 
by his deceased wife Neel Engels, about 2 years old, 
to settle with said Cos either by inventory and 
appraisement of the whole estate left or by agree- 
ment, what is the property of said child, — have con- 
sidered it best for the child, as Claes Pietersen Cos 
is engaged to marry Grietie Maes, the widow of 
Claes Teunissen, to appraise the whole estate, debts 
and credits : which having been done we have agreed 
with said Cos, as he by his signature here acknowl- 
edges, that he shall take care of said child with food 
and clothing, until she comes of age or marries and 
meanwhile he is to make her learn, as opportunity 
offers, to read, write, sew and some other useful 
knowledge ; that he shall settle upon the child and 
when she is of age or marries pay to her 200 fi. by 
which she shall consider herself satisfied for her 
maternal estate. Said Claes Pietersen Cos binds as 
security for the 200 fl. his person and property, 
especially his farm at Gemoenepae, for which he 
promises to execute a mortgage in proper form. 



of New Amsterdam. 29 

Thus done and signed by us at Amsterdam in N. 
N.January 23, 1657. Signed: Michiel Jansen, the 
mark of Egbert Woutersen, the mark of Claes 
Pietersen Cos ; on the side : W. Bogardus as witness, 
Balthasar Beyardt as witness ; beneath: 

In my presence, C. van Ruyven, Secretary in the 
service of the Priv. W. I. Co. etc. 

Agrees with the original in date and signatures. 

C. V. Ruyven, Secry. 

Whereas according to extract from the Resolutions 
of the Director General and Council of N. N., dated 
February 13 a. c, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, has 
been elected as Orphanmaster from the nomination 
of Burgomasters and Schepens, vice Paulus Leen- 
dertsen van die Grift, Therefore said Cortland 
is hereby requested and authorized, to serve in 
and carry out the duties of said office as well as 
possible according to the laudable customs of our 
Fatherland, with Pieter van Couwenhoven, for the next 
year. Done etc this 19"" of February, 1657. 

By order of Burgomasters & Schepens. 

Jacob Kip, Secry. 

March 22, 1657, at the City Hall present the 
Orphan masters Pieter van Couwenhoven and Oloff 
Stevensen van Cortlant. 

Read and considered cases, lately before the Or- 
phans Court. 

It is learned, that Madaleen Derkx, widow of 



30 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Cornells of Dort, whose bans for a new marriage 
have been published, has not yet made a settlement 
of the paternal estate upon her infant child : there- 
fore the guardians appointed were called to report, 
how far they have progressed in the matter, but as 
neither the guardians nor said Madaleen were at 
hand or came, nothing has been done ; it was only 
decided, that she should not be allowed to marry, 
before she had made a settlement on her child. 

It is also decided to order, that an answer should 
be written to the letter from the friends of the 
children oi Jan of Rotterdam dec'd and for that pur- 
pose a draught was made. 

March 28, 1657, at the City Hall present the Or- 
phanmasters Pieter van Couwenhoven and Olof 
Stevensen van Cortlant. 

Whereas Madaleen Dircks, widow of Cornells 
Hendricksen from Dort deceased, is now about to 
marry Harmen Hendricksen from Bergen in Norway, 
and whereas the Orphanmasters have decided, that 
first a settlement of the paternal estate on the child 
must be made. Therefore the guardians, appointed by 
the Orphanmasters, to-wit Abraham. Verplanck and 
Andries de Haes, were called with said Madaleen and 
appearing they delivered a statement of the whole 
estate, debts and credits, means and effects, and 
declared to have settled with the widow, that she 
shall assume half of all the present or still to be dis- 
covered debts and that she is to give to the child 



of New A ms terdam. 3 1 

besides an honest bringing up the sum of 500 fl cash 
for the inheritance from the father, to be paid at the 
time of coming of age or of marriage, for which she 
is to mortgage the house, in which she now lives ; 
provided however, that if anything is paid in from un- 
settled accounts, as of Pieter Jacobsen Luy tenant (?) 

and Adamsen, then the child is to have a just 

half. 

Having examined the accounts and the foregoing 
agreement the Orphanmasters approve the same, 
thanking the guardians for having so far done their 
duty and requesting them faithfully to continue in 
their guardianship and take good care of the inter- 
ests of said child, as to good guardians behooves. 
Done etc. 

Meeting of the Orphanmasters May 11, 1657. 

Whereas Tryntie Clasen, widow of Stoffel Har- 
mensen, cloth worker, perished in the attack of the 
Indians in 1655, now intends to marry Rut Joosten 
van Brunt, bachellor, whereas said Stoffel Harmensen 
has left with Tryntie Clasen a minor son, by his first 
wife about 1 2 years old, and whereas the testament 
of said Stoffel, made before Notary Judicq van der 
Vin and witnesses at Amsterdam July 10, 1649, and 
shown to the Orphanmasters of this City, shows 
that said boy should have one half of his deceased 
father's estate. Therefore it is deemed necessary, 
that impartial parties should either by inventory or 
appraisement of the estate, left by said Stoffel Har- 



32 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

mensen, look into and settle the child's share. For 
this purpose the Orphanmasters have requested and 
commissioned, as they hereby do, Sieur Johannes 
Nevius and Jacques Corteljou, conscientiously to 
settle as guardians with said Tryntie Clasen what is 
coming to said child from the estate of his father, 
etc etc etc. Done etc. 

At the request of the Hon'''* Olof Stevensen van 
Cortlant, of the guardians, appointed by the Director 
General and Council in 1643, for the minor children 
of Jan Cornelissen from Rotterdam, alone now here 
at this place, there appeared before the Orphan- 
masters of this City Claes Carstensen from Sant in 
Norway, 50 years old. Evert Duyckingh from 
Borcken, 36 years old, and Isack Kip from Amster- 
dam, 30 years old. Burghers and inhabitants of this 
City, who testified and declared on their word and 
offering to confirm it under oath, if required, that 
there are still living here in the City, three infant 
children of saidya;^ Cornelissen, killed in the Indian 
war of 1643, and his wife Aeltie Jans from Brem,en, 
who died here in 1645, named Jan, now about 17, 
Marretie, now about 18 and Cornells, now about 15 
years old, all bound out here and living Jan with 
Cornelis Jansen Clopper, mastersmith, Marretie \^\\}a. 
affiant Isack Kip, Cornelis with afifiant Evert Duyck- 
ingh, having lived at these places for a longer or 
shorter period. Affiants give as reasons for know- 
ing the foregoing, that they were very familiar with 



of New Amsterdam. 33 

and well knew SciJiA.Jan Cornelissen, his wife and the 
said children, as long as they have been in the country, 
and that the children are therefore the heirs of Jan 
Cornelissen and wife. Herewith closing their testi- 
mony they offer, as before, to confirm it under oath, 
if required and in witness they have signed it in 
presence of the Orphanmasters May 11, 1657. 

Signed : The mark /KT^ °^ Claes Carstensen 

Evert Duyckingh 
IsACK Kip 

As confirmation of the foregoing affidavit the seal 
of the City has been affixed to it by the Presiding 
Burgomaster June 4, 1657. Seal. 

Honourable, Wise, Prudent Gentlemen 
Whereas we, Orphanmasters of this City, have 
received a letter from a certain Annette Claes, by 
which we are informed, that the minor children of 
one Jan Cornelissen of Rotterdam, who was killed 
here in 1643, have some inherited property coming 
to them, therefore we have deemed it necessary, to 
have it proved by credible citizens here, that they 
are the children and consequently the heirs of said 
Jan Cornelissen, who are still living here. As we 
are in duty bound to look after the rights of such 
minor orphans and to help them as well as we can, 
we have decided to send you the original letter and 
the original affidavit with the request, that you, being 



34 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

in the like office, will please to take the trouble to 
look, by virtue of said letter and affidavit after the 
rights of the children in every way, by you thought 
necessary and when you have received the property, 
to deposit the money in your Orphanchamber, so 
that the children, when arrived at age or about to 
marry, may receive it. So doing, we shall always 
feel bound to do the same for you, when the 
occasion comes and requesting for the information 
of the children an answer, we are etc 

The Orphanmasters of Amsterdam in N. N. 

Olof Stevensen 
p. v. couwenhoven 

Done at Amsterdam, June 4, 1657. 



Whereas Pieter Jansen Romyn, widower of Dirckie 
Jans van Meppelen, intends to marry again and take 
as wife Mar i fie Jury aens from Copenhague, spinster 
and whereas said Pieter Jansen has had by said 
Dirckie Jans a son, Jan Pieter sen, now about 6 years 
old, upon whom he wishes, before marrying again, 
to make a settlement of his, the child's, maternal 
estate. Therefore, considering the necessity thereof 
the Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam in 
N. N. have chosen and appointed as guardians of 
said minor child, as they hereby do, Jan Rutgersen, 
said child's grandfather, and Jan de Jongh, Burgher 
and inhabitant here, requesting them, either by 
inventory of the estate, left behind, or by appraisal, 



of New Amsterdam. 35 

as they deem best, to agree with said Pieter 
Jansen about the child's maternal inheritance, to 
report as soon as possible to the Orphan Chamber 
and receive our approval. Done etc this 16"* of 
June 1657. 



To-day, the 26'"* of June 1657, appeared before 
me, Dirck van Schelluyne, Notary Public, etc., Pieter 
Jansen van Langstraat, widower of Dirckie Jans, 
on one side, and Jan Rutgersen Morian, father of 
said Dirckie Jans, with Sieuryisjw Jansen de Jongh, 
as guardians of said Dirckie's child, called Jan 
Pietersen, on the other side, who declared, that said 
Pieter Jansen, intending to marry again, had agreed 
with the parties of the second part concerning the 
bargain for the child's maternal inheritance as fol- 
lows, subject to the Orphanmasters' approval : 

Pieter Jansen promises, honestly to bring up and 
educate his son, to make him learn reading, writing, 
a good trade or liberal art, so that he may earn his 
living in due time, and to have him instructed in the 
true Reformed Christian religion, as a good father 
is bound to do, all within his means, until said child 
shall be 18 years old, when he promises to pay for 
the behoof of the boy the sum of i75fl. in good 
current pay, which sum he, Pieter Jansen, shall 
retain, until the child has attained the aforesaid age, 
on condition, that from now henceforward he shall 
pay interest thereon for the child or else, if it is 



36 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

more convenient to him, turn over said sum to the 
Orphans Chamber here, where it shall be kept on 
interest. Pieter Jansen shall also deliver to the 
guardians for the child all silverware, belonging to 
said Dire kie Jans in her life time, against which he 
shall remain in possession and ownership of the estate 
and take upon himself the payment of any debts, 
claimed to be due from said estate, without any 
charge being made to the child. Both parties 
declare, to have agreed to the foregoing, subject to 
approval as aforesaid and they both promise not to 
do nor allow to be done anything contrary to it, but 
faithfully, each on his side, to carry it out under 
bond of their respective persons and property, noth- 
ing excepted, subject to all laws and courts. Thus 
done and executed at Amsterdam in N. N. in the 
presence of Sieur Hendf' Huygen and Gysbert op 
Dyck, Court Messenger as witnesses. 
Signed Pieter Jansen 
Jan Roetgens 
Jan Jansen de Jongh 
Hendrick Huygen 
Gysbert op Dyck 
D. v. Schelluyne, Not. Publ, 



Having seen and examined the preceding agree- 
ment and bargain the Orphanmasters approve and 
ratify it, as they thereby do, thanking the guardians 
for their work. Done this 28* of June 1657. 



of New A msterdam. 3 7 

Whereas Jan J. Damen has died and Corn, van 
Tienhoven is absent, who with the Hon'''° Oloff Ste- 
vensen van Cortlant were by Director General and 
Council appointed guardians of the infant children 
of Jan Cornelissen from Rottendam, and whereas 
the Orphanmasters of this City consider it necessary, 
that the vacancy may be filled by a proper person, 
that the said children may be taken care of and 
employed, Therefore the said , Orphanmasters have 
chosen as guardian in place of the former Pieter 
Cornelissen van der Veen, who is hereby authorized, 
with the Hon'''* Oloff Stevensen aforesaid to look 
after said children and to dispose of them, as shall 
be most useful and beneficial to the said children. 
Thus done etc., July 2, 1657. 



Whereas Tryntje Hendricks, widow of Cors 
Pietersen, intends to become the wife of Fredrick 
Lubbersen, widower of Styntje Hendricks, and 
whereas said Tryntje has three infant children by 
Cors Pietersen, and wishes before her re-marriage to 
settle upon said children their paternal inheritance, 
so that when they come of age or marry they may 
receive, what is due to them, Therefore the Orphan- 
masters commission as guardians Pieter Stouten- 
burgh axidjurrien Blanck, Burghers and inhabitants 
here, who are hereby authorized, to make with said 
widow as guardians of the children either by inven- 
tory or by appraisal of the estate, including debts 



38 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

and credits such an agreement on behalf of the 
children, as they shall deem best, subject to the 
approval of the Orphans' Chamber, when reported. 
Done Septbr. 16, 1657. 

Whereas Tryntje Jacobs, widow oi Jacob Walingh, 
intends to become the wife of Jacob Stoffelsen, 
widower of his little wife Eydens, and whereas said 
Tryntje Jacobs has six minor children by said Jacob 
Walingh and wishes before her re-marriage to settle 
upon said children their paternal estate, to be 
received by them, when they come of age or marry. 
Therefore the Orphanmasters, with the knowledge 
and approval of said widow, appoint as guardians 
Sieur Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, at present 
first Burgomaster, and Mighiel Jansen, Burgher and 
inhabitant here, who are hereby authorized etc. etc. 
etc. ut supra. October 16, 1657. 

Wednesday, November 28 [1657], at the City 
Hall present the Orphanmasters Pieter Wolfersen 
van Couwenhoven and Olof Stevensen Cortlant. 

Whereas Roelof Jansen, mason, has died at the 
house of Arent Lauwerensen on the 16"" of this 
month of November 1657 and whereas said Arent 
Lauwerensen by a petition to the Burgomasters and 
Schepens of this City has requested, that they would 
please to direct and authorize one or two persons, 
to sell at public auction to the highest bidder accord- 
ing to inventory the property, left by said Roelof 



of New Amsterdam. 39 

Jansen, that thus might be paid the expenses 
of his funeral, his house rent and other known and 
unknown debts, Therefore their said Worships in 
margine of the petition order the Orphanmasters to 
enter upon said estate and to do therewith what 
ought to be done and they herewith authorize and 
direct Sieur Mattheus de Vos, Notary Public, and 
Arent Lauwerensen to have the estate sold at auc- 
tion by the Secretary of the Burgomasters and 
Schepens as well as of the Orphanmasters, whereby 
the debts, as above stated, shall be paid and the 
surplus handed to them, to dispose of as they shall 
find best. 

Done etc date as above. 

Whereas Anna Cornells has died lately, to-wit on 
the 2^ of October 1657, and has left a minor son by 
her first marriage, named Jacob Jacobsen, There- 
fore the Orphanmasters have found it necessary to 
commission some persons as guardians and hereby 
direct and authorize Claas Bordingh and Pieter 
Jacobsen Marius, to make with Lauwerens Lauwer- 
ensen, the husband of the deceased Anna Cornells, 
such arrangements concerning the property due 
her said child from her, as they shall think best, 
etc. 

November 28, 1657. 

To-day, the \(f' of Septerhber 1657, appeared 
before me, Dirck van Schelluyne, Notary Public 



40 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

etc. and the below named witnesses, the virtuous 
Tryntje Hendricks, widow of Cars Pietersen, assisted 
by Fredrick Lubbersen, her present fianc^ and 
chosen guardian, parties of the first part, and Sieur 
Pieter Stoutenburgh with Jurriaen Blanck, guard- 
ians of the three children of said Tryntje and Cors, 
who declared, after having made an estimate of the 
estate and considered the statement of debts and 
credits, as far as they, the guardians, could discover 
them, they had agreed with each other concerning 
the settlement of their paternal estate for the chil- 
dren as follows : First, said Tryntje Hendricks shall 
be held and promises honestly to bring up her said 
three children, named Cornelis Corssen, 12 years 
old, Pieter 6 years and Hendrick Corssen, 3 years, 
as well as she can, to have them taught reading, 
writing and a good trade or occupation, so that in 
time to come they may earn their own living, fur- 
ther to instruct them in the fear of the Lord and 
in religious exercises and to do all, a good mother is 
bound to do, until said children shall have come of 
age or marry ; then she is to give to each child the 
sum of 600 fl. in such money or pay, as then shall be 
current here, besides she shall then furnish to each a 
good parcel of clothing, six shirts, six . . . six 
handkerchiefs, inscribing the aforesaid 1800 fl. for 
her sons specially upon her house and lot on the 
Northside of Pearl Street in this City, bounded on 
the South by said street, on the West by Isaack 
Grevenraad, on the North by Fort Amsterdam, on 



of New A msterdam. 4 1 

the East by Pieter van Couwenhoven and generally 
binding her person and property, real and personal, 
present and future etc. etc. etc. 



^ 



Signed : This is ^/ the mark of 

Carel van Brugge, testis Tryntje Hendricks 
Hans Kierstede Fredrick Lubbersen 

Pieter Stoutenburgh 
Jurriaen Blanck 
DiRCK VAN Schelluyne, Not. Publ. 

Wednesday, December 12 1657, present the 
Orphan masters. 

Anna Claas, with Sieur Mattheus de Vos, Notary 
Public, and with Arent Lauwerensen administrator 
of the estate of Roelof Jansen, mason, dec'd, ap- 
peared and proved by the affidavits of two credible 
persons, that said Roelof Jansen dec'd had given her 
in his lifetime his everyday clothing, his gun, pow- 
derhorn and what belonged to it ; she also produces 
an account for house rent, for care taking and 
money advanced, amounting to 99 fl. 18 st., wherein 
are included 7 beavers, the balance being in wam- 
pum. She requests, that the affidavits and the 
account may be approved. The Orphanmasters 
approve the affidavits and account, ordering their 
Secretary to pay the account after deducting what 
the husband of said Anna Claas has bought from 
the estate. 



42 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

The Orphanmasters resolve to have the Com- 
pany's books examined, as they have learned that 
Jo geltje of the pavier, living at N. Stil (?) across 
the Fresh Water, has some goods. 



Friday, January ii 1658, at the City Hall present 
the Orphanmasters.* 

At the meeting appeared Claas Bordingh and 
Pieter Jacobsen Marius, administrators and guardians 
of the estate of Anna Cornells and of her son Jacob 
Jacobsen, who produced the inventory of as much as 
they could find of said estate and stated, as part 
of the goods were missing they could do no more. 
Lauwerens Lauwerensen ysvA Jacob Jacobsen appeared 
and Lauwerens was informed, that following the 
customs and laws of the Fatherland it had been con- 
sidered necessary to appoint administrators for the 
estate of Anna Cornells dec'd and that much of it 
was missing. He answers, that over 400 fl. were paid 
for funeral expenses and if anything is missing he 
does not know, where it is. The Orphanmasters 
order Lauwerens Lauwerensen to give a satisfactory 
account to the administrators and to make an agree- 
ment with them, also that the missing property shall 
be offset by the funeral expenses; the administra- 
tors were to dispose of the goods to the best ad- 
vantage of the estate and benefit of Anna Cornells 
son. 

' Same as before. 



of New A ms terdam. 4 3 

Tuesday, April 2 1658, at the City Hall present 
the Orphanmasters Pieter van Couwenhoven and 
Wilhelmus Beeckman. 

Mattheus de Vos entering produced the account of 
the estate, left by R. Jansen, mason, and is directed 
and authorized to collect the debts and pay the 
creditors. Mighiel Jansen and Jan Eversen Bout 
were directed and authorized as administrators to 
regulate the estate of Bruyn Barenzen. 

Whereas Bruyn Barenzen, late cooper at Breucke- 
len, has died at the house of Mighiel Jansen on the 
12"' of February of this year 1658, therefore the 
Orphanmasters of this City of Amsterdam in N. N. 
request and commission Jan Eversen Bout with 
Mighiel Jansen to administer upon the estate left 
by said Bruyn Barenzen, to sell his goods at public 
auction and to inform the Orphanmasters of the 
amounts received. Thus done etc, April 2, 1658. 

By order etc etc etc 

Joannes Nevius, Seer''. 

Tuesday, May 28 1658, at the City Hall present 
the Orphanmasters Pieter Wolfersen van Couwen- 
hoven and Wilhelmus Beeckman. 

Before the Board appeared Abraham Verplanck 
and Andrees de Haas, who stated, — whereas Grytje 
Dircks, widow of Jan Nagel and now engaged to 
marry again, has appointed them guardians of the 
children oi Jan Nagel dec'd and of her first husband 



44 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Jan Schutt, of whom there is still living a daughter, 
called Fytje Jans, 7 years old, and the two children 
by Jan Nagel, to-wit a son, called Jurriaen Jansen 
Nagel, 5 years old, and a daughter, called Styntje 
Jansen Nagel, 2\ years old, — they had made with the 
widow, now engaged to marry again, the following 
agreement concerning the paternal inheritances of 
the children, to-wit : the oldest child, Fytje Jans, 
daughter oi Jan Schutt, is to receive 150 fl. and the 
two others, the children hy Jan Nagel, are to have, 
each for his share, 75 fl : this agreement having been 
made in presence of her future husband, she binds 
for the carrying out of it by special mortgage the 
house and lot, now by her occupied, on the North- 
side of Hoogh [now Stone\ Street opposite to the 
Hall. Grytje Dircks also appearing before the Board 
declares^ the agreement is as the guardians have 
stated. 

Wednesday, August 28, 1658, at the City Hall 
present the Orphanmasters.' 

Orphanmaster Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven 
produces a letter, received through Court Messenger 
Pieter Schabanck which having been opened was 
found to have been written and sent by the Hon'''' 
Alrichs from the South River and to report the 
death of Cristiaen Barensen on the 26"" of July, 1658, 
with a statement by inventory of his estate and the 
request to assist his widow. 

' As before. 



of New Amsterdam. 45 

On the 6* of September, 1658, appeared at the 
Secretary's office Orphanmaster Pieter Wolfersen 
van Couwenhoven -with. Jeems Bradts di^A. said, whereas 
Tomas Tanikraft and wife had died, Jeems Bradys 
z.nAJan Teunissen should be appointed guardians of 
their children and administrators of the estate; he 
also ordered to give to Jeems Bradys a deed of 
authority as follows : 

Whereas now lately, i. e. on the 28* of August, 
Tomas Tanikraft and on the 30"" his wiiejeen Tani- 
kraft have died, leaving two infant children, named 
Mery and Willem, therefore the Orphanmasters of 
this City of Amsterdam in N. N. herewith appoint 
Jeems Bradys and fan Teunissen guardians and over- 
seers, who are hereby authorized and qualified to enter 
upon the estate left behind, to make an inventory of it, 
to report the same to the Orphanmasters, to take care 
of the children and to treat them as good guardians 
are bound to do. Thus done etc. Septbr. 6, 1658. 

By order etc 
Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

Monday, September 23, 1658, present Messrs. 
Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, acting as Orphan- 
master in place of Wilhelmus Beeckman, Orphan- 
master Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven and Olof 
Stevensen Cortlant. 

Before the Board appeared Claas Bordingh and 
Pieter facobsen, who stating, that Lauwerens fansen^ 

* Previously called Lauwerens Lauwerensen. 



46 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

is about to sail for Holland, request that he shall 
first render account and reliqua and t\\2X Jacob Jacob- 
sen, the son of Anna Cornelis dec'd., shall give a 
receipt for what he has had from the estate. 
Lauwerens Jansen a.ndi Jacob Jacobsen appearing are 
informed of the request of Claas Bordingh and 
Pieter Jacobsen as administrators with. Jacob Jacobsen 
of the estate of Anna Cornelis dec'd. for kn account 
and reliqua, to which Lauwerens Jansen replies, he is 
willing to do so by stating before the Board, what he 
has received and expended as noted down by Burgo- 
master P. L. van der Grijt. He was ordered to give 
account and reliqua to the administrators in the 
presence of Mattheus de Vos, Notary, and to settle 
differences, which might arise, the Hon"= Allard 
Anthony and Isaack Grevera are appointed as 
arbitrators by the following order : 

Whereas Claas Bordingh and Pieter Jacobsen have 
been appointed by the Orphanmasters of this City, 
administrators of the estate, left by Anna Cornelis, 
and they cannot agree with Lauwerens Jansen, 
widower of said Anna Cornelis, concerning the 
accounting for and the proceeds from said estate. 
Therefore the said Orphanmasters, in the presence 
of the Worshipful Burgomasters, order said Lauwer- 
ens Jansen to render account and reliqua of said 
estate to the administrators in the presence of 
Notary Mattheus de Vos within 24 hours and to 
prevent all differences, which might arise, Treasurer 
Allard Anthony and Isaacq Grevera are hereby 



of New Amsterdam. 47 

authorized as arbitrators to reconcile parties and 
adjust the accounts. 

Done etc. September 23, 1658. 
By order etc. 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

Whereas Barent Oesterman has died on the 23"* of 
September, 1658, leaving some property here and 
some debts, while also some money may be 
found outstanding and whereas the creditors ought 
to have what is due them and the funeral expenses 
be paid, therefore Jan Schryver and Nicolaas Velthuy- 
sen are hereby ordered by the Orphanmasters, to 
collect the property and outstanding debts and to 
report by inventory to the Orphanmasters for the 
benefit of the creditors. Thus done etc September 
26, 1658. 

By order etc 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

Whereas Jan Hutsitson has died at the house of 
Herry Bresar and has left there some property, for 
which administrators must be appointed, therefore 
the Worshipful Burgomasters of this City in the 
absence of the Orphanmasters herewith authorize 
and qualify Tomas Hal and Isaac Grevera to enter 
upon said estate, to make an inventory thereof, to 
report it and to bring the property in deposit at the 
City Hall. Thus done etc October 11, 1658. 

By order etc 
Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 



48 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

On the 12"' of October, 1658, the administrators of 
the estate of Jan Hutsitson dec'd. brought to the 
City Hall, pursuant to the foregoing order saidyixw 
Hutsitson s property, namely : 

A bundle of 28 whole beavers, a box with 39 whole 
beavers, covered with a little coat, another box con- 
taining : a bundle of gray serge clothing, black cloth 
breeches, a silk sash, a pair of old blue stockings, a 
pair of stockings, a waistcoat, a pair of shoes, a cas- 
tor, a striped pillow case, a shirt, two bands, a pair 
of stockings ; a box with carpenter's tools. All was 
listed by the Secretary Joannes Nevius in the pres- 
ence of the administrators. Date as above. 

Whereas Jan Schryver was appointed by the 
Orphanmasters September 26 administrator of the 
estate of Barent Oesterman, who died September 23, 
1658, and whereas said estate has been sold by the 
administrator, but the outstanding debts have not 
yet been collected, therefore the Burgomasters in 
the absence of the Orphanmasters herewith appoint 
as co-administrator Nicolaas Velthuysen, who is to 
collect the outstanding debts for the benefit of the 
creditors. Thus done etc October 14, 1658. 

By order etc. 

Tuesday, October 15, 1658, afternoon, at the City 
Hall present Burgomasters Paulus Leendersen van 
der Grift and Oloff Stevensen Cortlant'va. absence of 
the Orphanmasters. 



of New Amsterdam. 49 

Herry Bresar appearing before the Board is 
directed to state, what he knows of the debts due to 
Jan Hutsitson dec'd. and he produces an account 
against and a note of hand of Isaaq Allerton senior 
in favor of said Jan Hutsitson to the amount of 
426 fl., declaring he knows of no other. 

Tomas Hall, administrator of the estate of Jan 
Hutsitson dec'd brings to the Board a translation 
from the English into Dutch of some data about 
testamentary legacies, as follows : 

Translated from the English, Testament of Jan 

Hutsitson. 
1658 October 4 To Jan Horn, son of Joris Horn 

dec'd., . . . f. 100 
" Susanna Bresar, daughter 
of Herry Bresar, god- 
child, . . . .120 
To pay all his debts. 
Herry Bresar shall not forget to 
give Hendrick Lambersen a pres- 
ent, for the trouble and care he 
has had as sick nurse. Anything 
to please him. 

Further, the surplus of the estate 
shall be divided among the chil- 
dren of Herry Bresar, to-wit 
Mary Bresar, Rebecca Bresar, 
Susanna Bresar and Martje Bre- 
sar, Susanna to have the same 



50 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

share as the others, excepting 
the ten pounds sterling. 
Herry Bresar shall decently 
bury the body and pay the ex- 
penses of the funeral. 



1658 






Octobr. 9. 


Expenses of the funeral. 




To 


candles, victuals, beer and 
wine for the people, who 






watched the body, 


f.80. 


ti 


two ankers of wine at the 






funeral, .... 


48. 


tt 


a cask of beer incl. excise & 






cartage, .... 


27.12 


<i 


laundry and other work for 






him, 


5- 


tt 


Claas van Elslant, 


23-9 


tt 


a broken wine glass, . 


8 


tt 


Master Hans . . . f25, but is 






4 beavers. 


32. 


tt 


hire of Skipper Lauwerens' 






house, .... 


6. 


tt 


two dozens of pipes, . 


1. 16 


tt 


labor by Herry Bresar, 


10. 


tt 


a box, .... 


16. 


tt 


a cloth cap and linnen, 


16. 


tt 


board, lodging, washing for 
two years and five months 
at 6 fl. the week, 


744- 





of JSew Amsterdam. 


51 


To board for his tailor for one 






week, .... 


6. 


it 


1 6 days' board, when the 






sloop was built. 


13-14 


ti 


tape in wampum, payable 






in beavers. 


lOO. 


it 


53 pieces of wainscot for the 






boat & labor, . 


io6. 


(t 


6 ells of linnen, , 


9- 


it 


beer at Mispat at the sloop 






building, 


6. 


it 


Anthony for helping bring 






the sloop out of the kil, . 


6. 


tt 


Cornells the smith paid for 






Anthony, 


I.IO 


it 


2 quartern of wine to Eg- 






bert, .... 


1.4 


ii 


lent to him, when the sloop 
was brought to the Man- 






hattans, .... 


4-9 


tt 


wampum sent to him to the 
kil through Hendrick 






Lambersen, 


3- 



fi 1000.17 

Saturday, November 9, 1658, at the City Hall 
present the Hon'''' Paulus Leendersen van der Grift 

in place of Orphanmaster , and Orphanmaster 

Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven. 



52 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Lambert Huybertsen Mot appearing before the 
Board was asked, what knowledge he has of the 
testament of Jan Hutsitson. He answered, that he 
did not know, Jan Hutsitson had in his testament 
devised anything to the son oi Jorts Horn or to the 
daughter of Herry Bresar, except that about two 
days before his death he had said, when asked 
whether he wished to have anything written, that it 
was already done, but he did not know by whom. 

Hendrick Lambersen Mot appearing is asked, 
whether he knows, how \or\^Jan Hutsitson has been 
at Mispats Kit building the sloop and says, he him- 
self has been there four months and he is sure, y^;;? 
Hutsitsen dec'd. has been there five or six weeks be- 
fore. He is further asked, whether he knows of any 
debts due to s2i\AJan Hutsitson and whether he has 
ever paid anything to Herry Bresar. He answers, 
that Herry Bresar has received from Hutsitson 
loofl. . . and loaned to Goodman Bets iifl. . . and 
that a sow with two small pigs. . . Robbert Wil- 
lett. . .5 

Lambert Hubersen Mot and Frerick Flipsen are 
authorized, to examine and appraise what is still to 
be done to the yacht according to plan and contract 
between Rainier Pietersen B.ndjan Hutsitson. 

Commission. 

Lambert Huybersen Mot and Frerick Flipsen are 
hereby authorized by the Orphanmasters of the City 

' Paper broken. 



of New A msterdam. 5 3 

of Amsterdam in N. N., to estimate what according 
to the affidavit of Herry Bresar is still to be done 
to the sloop, to be built {or Jan Hutsitson dec'd. by 
Reynier Pietersen skipper, the partner of Lauwerens 
Lauwerensen. Done at Amsterdam in N. N. Novbr. 
9, 1658. 

By order etc. 

The administrators of the estate oi Jan Hutsitson 
dec'd. wish to make with the lowest bidder a contract 
for labor on what is necessary to be done to a yacht, 
lying in the Smits Valley, opposite to the house and 
lot of Herry Bresar, according to the following 
specification, payment to be made in good, whole, 
merchantable beavers, when the work is done, to-wit : 
a mast, a yard, a bowsprit, a rudder with belongings, 
a capstan, three partitions below deck, a door for 
the cabin, to make a gunwale around the yacht, to 
view the overhang from above, a cathead and two 
trapdoors for the hawserholes. The lowest bidder 
is to receive half a beaver. 

Simon Clasen Turck bids 1 2 beavers. 

An offer to give out the work for 6 beavers not 
finding takers, Simon Clasen Turck has been 
accepted at 12 beavers and he promises to begin as 
soon as possible, binding for the carrying out and 
finishing the work his person and property, real and 
personal, present and future, nothing excepted, sub- 
ject to all courts and laws. In witness hereof the 
original of this copy has been signed by Simon 



54 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Clasen in the presence of Lambert Huybersen Mol 
and Frerick Flipsen, who have also signed as wit- 
nesses at Amsterdam in N. N. November 12, 
1658. 

Signed : Simon Clasen Turck 

Lambert Huybersen Mol 
Frerick Flipsen 
To my knowledge Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 



The administrators of the estate oijan Hutsitsen 
dec'd. will sell to the highest bidder some of his 
goods to be paid in good strung wampum, according 
to the price last fixed, within 24 hours : 
Two large augers, bought by Eldert Jur- 

riaensen, . . . . . . fl. 1.18 

An ax and an adze bought by Jacobus 

Backer, " 5-i5 

A box with all kinds of carpenters' tool 

bought by Herry Bresar, . . . " 10. 
A bundle of serge clothing b' by Hend'' 

Lambersen, . . . . . " 32. 

A shirt with bands and a pillow b' by 

St off el Mighielsen, . . . . " 10. 
A pair of black cloth breeches bo' by 

Herry Bresar, . . . . • " 39- 
A castor bought by Hans Dreper, . . " 16. 
A red woman's jacket, a pair of shoes, a 

pair of stockings, bought by Stoffel 

Mighielsen, . . . . . " 6.10 



of New Arnsterdam. 55 

Three pairs of stockings, a sash, a pair of 
old breeches, a small coat bought by 

Herry Bresar, . . . . . fl. 1 1 . 

A small box with an old coat and some use- 
less things bought hy Herry Bresar, " 11. 

A ho^ahow^thy Herry Bresar, . . " 23.10 



fl.166.13 



Saturday, November 16, 1658, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Tomas Walron appearing before the Board is 
asked, what he knows oljan Hutsitson dec'd owing 
to Herry Bresar and is told, that he will have to 
swear to his statement. He says, when he lived at 
the crane of Mr. Allerton, after \vaM\w^\^ix.Jan Peecq 
Septbr. 17, 1657, he heard ixpm. Jan Hutsitson, that 
he owed a great sum of money to Herry Bresar, but 
he does not know how much nor has he ever heard 
it. He has made a written affidavit of the foregoing 
before Secretary Nevius. 

Eduart Jansen appearing is asked the same ques- 
tion as Tomas Walron and his answer is shown in 
the affidavit signed by him before the Secretary. 

Herry Bresar appearing is asked, whether he has 
never received any money for board from Jan Hut- 
sitson dec'd. during two years and five months. He 
answers, x\\2Xjan Hutsitson has never paid anything 
in that time. Further asked, whether he will state 
under oath, that so much money for board besides 



56 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

the loofl. and the 53 pieces of wainscot are due him, 
he answers Yes. 



Whereas the Director General and Council of New 
Netherland on the 21=' of November, 1658, have 
been pleased to select from the nominations by the 
Burgomasters of this City in place of the late Or- 
phanmaster Wilhelmus Beeckman and then resolved 
to appoint two Orphanmasters, instead of one, to act 
with the old Orphanmaster Pieter Wolfersen van 
Couwenhoven, electing Marten Crygier and Joannes 
Pietersen Verbrugge, Therefore said Marten Crygier 
and Joannes Pietersen Verbrugge are herewith re- 
quested and authorized to enter upon and take care 
of the duties of Orphanmasters with the Hon"' Pie- 
ter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven. Done at the meet- 
ing of the Burgomasters at Amsterdam in N. N. 
November 29, 1658. 

By order etc. 

Wednesday, December 11, 1658, at the City Hall 
present the Orphanmasters Pieter Wolfersen van 
Couwenhoven, Marten Crygier, Joannes Pietersen 
Verbruggen. 

Before the Board appeared Pieter J ansen van de 
Langhstraat, who requested, whereas his child has 
lately died, that he might again have the silverware, 
belonging in her lifetime to the child's mother 
Dirckie Jans dec'd his first wife, which had been 
delivered to the guardians by contract. Jan Jansen 



of New Amsterdam. 57 

de Jongh axid. Jan Rutgersen Moreau,^° late guardians 
of the aforesaid child, appearing are informed, that 
Pieter Jansen wishes to have the silverware of his 
wife, intended for the deceased child. They say, 
they are satisfied, and deliver with the agreement, 
made before Notary Dirck van Schelluyne June 2, 
1657, some silverware to the Board. Jan Rutgersen s 
wife coming in requests permission to retain the 
silver-work of a knife handle, given to her deceased 
daughter, on condition of paying for it. Pieter 
Jansen, having been informed of this request, says 
he has no objection and they agreed, that she should 
pay 36fl.; the rest of the silverware was then de- 
livered to Pieter Jansen. 

Tomas Pettet, living in the New Town, appearing 
before the Board hands in an account against the 
children of Tomas Tanicraft dec'd. and is ordered 
to give it to the administrators and guardians y«;« 
Teunissen and Jeems Brady s. 

The Board decides to meet every Wednesday at 
2 p. m. punctually; that absentees shall be fined 2fl., 
he, who comes an hour too late, 10 stivers, and half 
an hour too late, ifl. 

Wednesday, December 18, 1658, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Before the Board appeared Dirck Siecken, who is 
ordered, whereas his wife has died leaving to the 
widower two infant children, Jan, 6 years, and 

'" This name is a puzzle as Morian and Moreau. See Records of New-Am- 
sterdam. 



58 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Teunis, 2 years old, to make within eight days an 
inventory of his wife's property, including debts and 
credits, and to inform the Orphanmasters thereof, so 
that neither he nor the children may be injured in 
their possessions. 

Mr. Paulus van der Beeck appears in the place of 
Tomas Verdon's son and is [directed], that when 
Tomas Verdon comes, he is to make a settlement 
of his wife's estate. 

Immetje, widow of Frans Clasen, appearing is 
ordered to draw up a statement of the estate of her 
husband Frans Clasen, who died 14 days ago and to 
deliver the inventory to the Orphanmasters. 

Geertje Hendrick, widow of Andries Hoppe dec'd., 
appearing states that her deceased husband has 
appointed as guardians of the children Cornells 
Aarsen and Lambert Huybersen Mol, but has not 
made a testament. It is ordered, that said guard- 
ians shall inform the Orphanmasters by inventory 
of the estate of Andries Hoppe dec'd., real and per- 
sonal, debts and credits. 

Before the Board appeared Burgomaster Olof 
Stevensen Cortlandt, who is informed by the Orphan- 
masters of the inventory of the property of Cris- 
tiaen Barens, who died at the South River, and of 
the inventory of his property here, made by the 
widow, wherein differences appearing, with which 
they do not know what to do, the widow of said 
Cristiaen Barens, called Jannetje Jans, is called 
and asked, whether the payment for the house near 



of New Amsterdam. 59 

the Landofate" had been received. She answers : 
Yes, by Hendrick van Dyck, who had power of 
attorney from her husband. Asked about the pay- 
ment for the house, where Hendrick Hendricksen, 
the tailor, lives, she says not to have received it, but 
it is still due and charged. 

Jannetje Jans is ordered to send to the South 
River the last inventory, made here, as they have 
the case in hand. She says, she has asked the 
people on the South River to have the proceeds of 
the goods there forwarded to her, which was prom- 
ised to her, if she can give bail or security. She is 
therefore advised, to write to the South River, that 
she will give security for the money and offers as 
such a house. 

Commission. 

Whereas Andries Hoppe has died and has left 
here besides the widow and children some property 
and whereas he has named, before he died, as 
guardians of his infant children Cornelis Aarsen and 
Lambert Huybersen Mol, Therefore deeming it 
necessary, that a proper inventory of the property 
may be taken to prevent loss and injury to the 
widow and the children in their rights and posses- 
sions, the Orphanmasters herewith order said guard- 
ians to take as soon as possible an inventory of the 
estate, including furniture, property, real and per- 
sonal, debts and credits here in the country and to 

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report to the Orphanmasters, who will then advise 
what disposition of it shall be made. Done etc 
Decbr. i8, 1658. 

By order etc. 

Wednesday, January 8, 1659, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Before the Board appeared Jeen Horn, widow of 
Joris Horn, who, her husband having made no testa- 
ment, is ordered to take an inventory of her prop- 
erty and call in for assistance two persons, whom 
she wanted, then to report it to the Orphanmasters 
next Wednesday, so that the children may have 
their paternal estate. She promises to do her best. 

Ryck Hendricksen declares before the Board, that 
as his wife has died he has appointed as guardians 
of his children, called Hendrick Rycken, 10 years, 
and Gosewyn Ryck, 9 years old, Cornells Aarsen 
and Pieter Stoutenburgh, who by their commission 
are ordered to take an inventory of the estate and 
report to the Orphanmasters. 

Claas Tyson appearing requests, as his wife has 
died, that Jacob Strycker and Lauwerens Cornelissen 
van der Wei be appointed guardians of the children, 
who are by their commission ordered to make an 
inventory of the property left by the deceased and 
to agree with Claas Tysen about the settlement on 
the children of their maternal inheritance ; if they 
cannot come to an agreement, to report to the 
Orphanmasters. 



of New A msterdam. 6 1 

Tomas Verdon appearing, his case is delayed until 
the arrival of Mr. Gysbert [van ImbroecIi\ ; he says, 
he has a son by his deceased wife, called Jacobus, 
about 3 years old. 

Gerrit Jansen Roos coming in requests, that as 
his wife has died, Abraham Verplanck and Jan 
Vigne be appointed guardians of her children, called 
Pieter, 6 years old, Cornelia, \ years, a.nd Joannes, 2 
years, and they are by their commission directed to 
make an inventory of the property left by deceased 
and to agree with Gerrit Jansen Roos about the 
settlement on the children of their maternal inherit- 
ance, else to report to the Orphanmasters, 

Tomas Hal ■axiA Isaacq Grevera, administrators of 
the estate of Jan Hutsitson dec'd, appearing before 
the Board and considering the account of Herry 
Bresar against the estate think it advisable, that 
Herry Bresar shall swear to it. 

Commission for the guardians of Ryck Hendrick- 
sens children. 

As the wife of Ryck Hendricksen has died in 1658, 
leaving besides the widower two small children, 
to-wit a son, Hendrick Rye ken, in his tenth year, 
and a daughter, Gosewyn Rye ken, in her 9* year, and 
as Cornells Aarsen and Pieter Stoutenburgh have 
been appointed administrators and guardians of the 
children, Therefore thinking it necessary, that an 
inventory of the estate of the deceased should be 
made, so that neither the children nor the widower 



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be harmed in their rights and possessions, the 
Orphanmasters herewith direct said guardians, to 
take as soon as possible an inventory of the furni- 
ture and other property, real and personal, debts 
and credits, of the deceased here in this country and 
to deliver it to the Orphanmasters, who will advise 
as to how they are to act. Done etc January 8, 
1659. By order etc. 

Commission for the guardians of Claas Tysens 
children. 

As Angenietje Strycker, the wife of Claas Tysen, 
has died in the year 1658, leaving besides the 
widower two small children, both boys, one 9 years 
10 months, the other about 4 months old, and as at 
the request of said Claas Tysen the Orphanmasters 
have appointed as administrators of the estate and 
guardians of the children Schepen Jacob Strycker, 
the brother of the deceased, and Lauwerens Cornells- 
sen van der Wei, brother-in-law of said Claas Tysen, 
Therefore considering the necessity of having an 
inventory made of the estate of the deceased, in 
order that neither the widower nor the children may 
be harmed in their rights and possessions, said 
guardians are herewith authorized and directed [the 
same as in the preceding]. January 8, 1659. 

By order etc. 

Commission for the guardians of Gerrit Jansen 
Roes children 



of New Amsterdam. 63 

As Aeltie, the wife of Gerrit Jansen Roos, has 
died in the year 1658, leaving besides the widower 
three small children, to-wit Pieter, 6 years old, 
Cornelia 4 years and Joannes, 2 years, and as at the 
request of said Gerrit Jansen Roos the Orphan- 
masters have appointed as administrators and guard- 
ians of the children Abraham Verplanck and Jan 
Vigne, Therefore etc. etc. etc. [as the preceding]. 
January 8, 1859. 

Wednesday, January 22, 1659, at the City Hall 
present Burgomaster Paulus Leendersen van der 
Grift and Orphanmasters Pieter Wolfersen van Cou- 
wenhoven. Marten Crygier and Joannes Pietersen 
Verbrtiggen. 

The wife of Joris Wolsy appearing before the 
Board is asked, what she knew of Jan Hutsitson 
having had any silverware. She says, nothing, but 
what she heard Herry Bresars wife say about it dur- 
ing Hutsitson s life, to-wit that he had some silver- 
ware. 

Herry Bresar coming in is asked, what he wanted. 
He answers, money for board of and loans to Jan 
Hutsitson dec'd. Then he is told, that information 
had been received, some silver money had been in 
the chest, and he is asked, whether he knows anything 
about it ; he answers No. As the Orphanmasters 
and administrators have learned, that some silver- 
ware had been among the property oi Jan Hutsitson, 
which Herry Bresar denies, it is decided to defer 



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the payment to Herry Bresar until next May and 
to take further information of the matter. 

Claas Bordingh and Pieter Jacobsen Marius, admin- 
istrators of the estate of Anna, Cornells dec'd., com- 
ing before the Board with Lauwerens Jansen, ask 
said Lauwerens for payment of what is due by him 
to said estate, to clear the same. Asked, why he does 
not pay, Lauwerens answers, he will do it, when the 
land at Vlackebos {Flatbusli) has been sold and the 
administrators ought to sell it. The administrators 
say, that they have had a mortgage on the land at 
Flatbush made out by Mr. Tonneman, but Lauwer- 
ens Jansen is unwilling to sign it. Lauwerens is 
asked, whether he will give sufficient security for the 
payment of the debts in Holland. 

Claas Bordingh and Pieter Jacobsen Marius, as ad- 
ministrators, are directed to have the Court Messen- 
ger attach all the money, belonging to the estate of 
Anna Cornells dec'd, and now in various hands, of 
which they know, and to have Lauwerens Jansen 
legally summoned to bring the money, which he had 
from said estate within 14 days or 3 weeks and place 
it into the hands of the administrators ; also to take 
possession of the land at Flatbush and sell it in the 
presence of Lauwerens within 14 days. 

Nicolaas Velthuysen and Jan Schryver, administra- 
tors of the estate of Barent Oesterman, request that 
whereas they have received an account of Jacob 
Wolfersen as offset against the bond, by him exe- 
cuted in favor of said Oesterman, the Orphanmasters 



of New Amsterdam. 65 

will please to examine it. As there appear in the 
account some items of Joghim Beeckman and Tomas 
Hal, Jacob Wolfersen is asked, how long ago Barent 
Oesterman had the goods from Joghim Beeckman. 
He replies, he does not know and declares, not to 
have known before of Beeckman s and Hal's claims, 
who had exhibited them only lately. He says, as 
Barent Oesterman dec'd. had been in his service and 
had helped Tomas Hal in brewing, he had only asked 
for a present to Barent and his daughter. Nicolaas 
Velthuysen and Jan Schryver are directed to go to 
Joghim, Beeckman, find out the time, when the debt 
was contracted and report to the Orphanmasters in a 
week. 

Tomas Wandel and Jeems Bradys institute their 
action before the Board and are ordered to come 
again in a fortnight. 

Wednesday, January 29, 1659, at the City Hall 
present Orphanmasters Pieter Wolfersen van Cozt- 
wenhoven. Marten Cregier and Joannes P. Ver- 
bruggen. 

Jeems Brady states before the Board, that he has 
to receive from Pieter Jansen Winckelhoeck 166 fl. ac- 
cording to account, which he hands to Orphanmaster 
van Couwenhoven. 

Eldert Engelberts coming with Jeems Brady 
states, he has been bail for Pieter Jansen Winckel- 
hoeck for the sum of 86 fl.; on which. Jeems Brady has 
still to receive from Pieter Jansen 10 fl. and later 7fl[. 



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have been paid. Jeems Brady is ordered to appear 
before the Board next Wednesday with Eldert 
Engelberts and Hans Ketel. 

Jan Schryver appears before the Board and re- 
ports, Tomas Hal had said, he would send him the 
Court Messenger and then come himself to make 
known, what he has charged to Jacob Wolfersens 
account for Barent Oesferman. He says, Tomas 
Hal is now showing in the woods the account of 
Joghim Beeckman, charged against Barent by Jacob 
Wolfersen. The case is deferred until Wednesday, 
to have a talk with Wolfersen and Hal. 

Hendrick Jansen van der Vin produces before the 
Board an extract from the Minutes of the Burgo- 
masters and Schepens concerning the request for 
authority to make an inventory of the estate of Ger- 
rit Bril dec'd., stored on the bark of Mighiel de 
Karreman, so that it may be sent South to those, 
who have any claim upon it. His request having 
been referred to the Orphanmasters, he now re- 
peats it and the Orphanmasters authorize Hendrick 
Jansen van der Vin and skipper Jacob Jansen Huys 
to collect and make an inventory of as much of the 
property of Gerrit Bril dec'd, as there may be. 

Order. 

Whereas Gerrit Bril has lately died in this City 
of Amsterdam in N. N., having shipped on the yacht 
of Mighiel Paulussen some goods with the intention 
of taking them to New Amstel on the South River 



of New A msterdatn. 6 7 

Therefore the Orphanmasters at the request of 
Hendrick Jansen van der Vin deeming it necessary, 
that a list of said goods and all others here in the 
City be made, hereby authorize and qualify said 
Hendrick Jansen van der Vin and with him Jacob 
Jansen Huys, skipper of the galliot New Amstel, to 
have an inventory of said goods made by a Notary 
and to send it by first opportunity to those, who 
have a right to it. Done, date as above. 

Wednesday, February 12, 1659, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Dirck Siecken appearing before the Board is 
asked, whether he has made an inventory of the 
property, left by his deceased wife. He answers No, 
saying he cannot do it and asks the Board, whether 
he may i>ot make an agreement with the Orphan- 
masters about the property, inherited by his children 
from their mother. He is told, he may, when the 
inventory is made and reported to the Board. 
Then the following order was made : Dirck Siecken 
is hereby ordered on account of his wife's death to 
have a list made of the property left by her and 
report by inventory to the Orphanmasters in 8 days. 

Gerrit Jansen Roos appearing is asked, whether he 
has made an inventory of the property left by his 
dec'd wife. He says, he has named guardians. It is 
ordered : Gerrit Jansen Roos is hereby directed, to 
make an inventory of the property left by his de- 
ceased wife Aeltje and to report it with the guard- 



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ians to the Orphanmasters next Wednesday, the 
19* of February. 

Geertje Hendricks, the widow of Andrees Hoppe, 
coming in is asked, whether she had made an inven- 
tory of her deceased husband's property ; she said, yes 
and the administrators have it. Then the following 
order was made : Geertje Hendricks, widow of An- 
drees Hoppe, is herewith directed, with the adminis- 
trators to inform the Orphans Chamber of the estate 
of her late husband next Wednesday, February 19, 
under penalty of a fine. 

Hendrick Jansen van der Vin is asked, whether he 
has made an inventory of the property, left by Gerrit 
Bril in the yacht oi Mighiel Paidussen and elsewhere 
in the jurisdiction of this City. He answers, he has 
not, as the weather has prevented him, but that he shall 
do it soon as possible, while the yacht is in port. 

Immetje, the widow of Frans Classen, being asked, 
whether she had made an inventory of the property 
of her deceased husband answers No, she had no 
goods ; further asked, whether she did not wish 
guardians and whom she wants, she says she has 
rtc\}iQst&d Jacob Jansen Moesman and Abraham de la 
Nay. 

Commission. 

As Frans Classen has died in the year 1658 leav- 
ing besides the widow four infant children, named 
Claas Fransen, about 16 years old, Jacob Fransen, 
14 years, Dirck Fransen, 12 years, and Tymen 



of New Amsterdam. 69 

Fransen, 1% years, and as at the request of the 
widow the Orphanmasters have appointed as guard- 
ians of the children and administrators of the estate 
Jacob Jansen Moesman and Abraham de la Noy, 
Therefore deeming it necessary, that — to prevent 
the children on one side and the widow on the other 
from being injured in their rights and possession — 
an inventory of the property of deceased be made, 
the Orphanmasters hereby direct and authorize said 
guardians, to make such inventory of the furniture 
and effects as well as of all real and personal prop- 
erty as soon as possible, to agree with the widow 
upon the settlement on the children of their pater- 
nal inheritance and to report all to this Board within 
eight days or the following Wednesday, February 
26'\ Done etc February 12, 1659. 

By order etc. 

Jeems Bradys, with Jan Teunissen appointed 
administrator of the estate of Toinas Tanicraft and 
wife, is hereby ordered, to inform this Board by 
inventory, made in the presence of his fellow-admin- 
istrator, of the condition of said estate next Wednes- 
day, the 19* of February, and both are directed to 
appear here for a proper disposal of it. 

Done etc. February 12, 1659. By order etc. 

Wednesday, February 19, 1659, at the City Hall 
present Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven and 
Joannes van Bru^^en. 



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Immetje Dircks, widow of Frans Clasen, not hav- 
ing informed this Board, how many children she has 
and what their names are, is asked accordingly and 
says, she has four children, called Claas Franzen, 
about 1 6 years o\^, Jacob Fransen, 14 years, Dirck 
Fransen, 12 years, and Tymen Francen, 1% years. 

Dirck Sleeken appearing produced an inventory of 
the estate of his deceased wife Jannetje Toms and 
made an agreement with the Orphanmasters con- 
cerning a settlement of the maternal property on 
the two children, as he did not want guardians, to- 
wit : that he should give to each child 400 fl. and a 
piece of land of 50 morgens at Pemmerpoock,^'' for 
which he binds under special mortgage his house 
and lot on the Heere Straat [Broadway], where 
lately Hermen Smeman has lived in, also generally 
his person and property, real and personal, nothing 
excepted, subject to all laws and courts. 

Claas Tysen appears v^xxh. Jacob Strycker, elected 
guardian with Lauwerens Cornelissen van der Wei, and 
is asked, whether he has a report and inventory and 
whether he has agreed with the guardians on a set- 
tlement of their maternal estate on the children. 
He answers No and with Jacob Strycker requests 
time till August for settling the estate. This is 
allowed and Jacob Strycker promises, to have his 
eye on the children and to see, that their maternal 
inheritance is not diminished. 

Sieur Hendrick Jansen van der Vin coming in 

" Pamrapo, N. J. See " N. J. Archives,'' vol. xxi. p. 4. 



of New A msterdam. 7 1 

produces the inventory of the property, left by Ger- 
rit Bril dec'd., found on the yacht of Mighiel Paul- 
ussen and at his dwelling, as follows : 

Inventory, 

Made by or on behalf of Sieur Hendrick Jansen 
van der Vin, Schepen of this City, and Jacob 
Jansen Huys, skipper of the galiot New Am- 
stel, authorized thereto by the Orphanmasters 
of this city on the 29"" of January, 1659, of the 
estate, left by Gerrit Bril, who died here, and 
shipped in the yacht of Mighiel Paullussen, 
ready to sail to the Colony of New Amstel 
on the South River, where the deceased was 
living, also of the goods at the house of said 
Sieur Hendrick Jansen : 

On board of Mighiel Paulussens yacht and 
shown by the skipper : 

Two bags of grain, but it is not known, whether 
it is wheat or rye. 
Half a barrel of meat. 

A small bag with gray pease, probably one 
skepel. 

A small keg of butter. 
A jar with oil. 

A can, in which there has been vinegar, but the 
can having been broken, the vinegar has been 
saved in a keg. 
A chest with iron bands containing : a black 



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brocade man's coat, a pair of dark coloured 
cloth breeches. 

A square box with : a pair of gray fulled man's 
stockings, a pair of white woman's stockings, a 
pair of woman's shoes, four pieces of silk cord, 
some uncounted black and white wampum, a 
small box with letters, a pair of new man's shoes, 
a pair of old stockings, a red woollen cap, an 
embroidered cap, six bands in a box, two man's 
shirts, a small quantity of prunes, about a 
schepel of onions, a small bag of rice, two 
sweet New Netherland cakes, a pair of old 
Spanish leather man's shoes, a little blue bag 
with 14 cakes as above, a small barrel with 
sugar, about one schepel of gray pease, a square 
box with starch and washing blue, an empty 
powder box, a polished box, lately filled with 
apples, beets, roots and parsnips. 
Found besides the trunk in a wardrobe : 
A green blanket, a pillow, a napkin, an English 
cap, a small box with candles, marked R. I. 
There has been bread worth 2 fl. 
Nota : Produced by the skipper and to be reduced 
in freight. 
The following property was found at the 
house of Sieur Hendrick Jansen van der Vin: 
A gray serge man's coat. 
A dark stuff man's blouse. 
A pair of red kersay drawers. 
A Muscovy cloth frock. 



of New A ms terdam. 7 3 

A pair of fulled man's stockings. 
A pair of old stockings. 
Two white woolen caps. 
A pair of dry leather man's shoes. 
A black hat with a ribbon. 
Thus inventorized on board of the yacht Prins 
Maurits, Mighiel Pauhissen skipper, lying in this 
port, and at the house of Sieur Hendrick Jansen 
aforesaid, in the presence of Mighiel Paulussen and 
Jan Fransen, witnesses, who being requested have 
signed it at Amsterdam in N. N. February 18, 1659. 
Coll. Agrees with the original. 

Matheus de Vos, Notary Public. 
After collation of the original with the preceding 
copy, it was found to agree. February 20, 1659. 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

Gerrit Jansen Roos, coming with the guardians of 
the three minor children, left him by his wife, stated 
that he had agreed with said guardians on a settle- 
ment of their maternal estate and produced the con- 
tract to that effect written by Notary Tielman van 
Vleeck ovi February 17, 1659. The guardians were 
thanked by the Orphanmasters for their work and 
requested to continue caring for the children, which 
they promised, 

Jeems Brady appearing with Jan Teunissen pro- 
duced the inventory of the estate, left by Tomas 
Tanikraft and wife, written in English. Jan Teunis- 
sen was asked, whether he knew, that there is more 



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property, than described In the inventory, and 
answered, he did not, nor did he wish to have 
anything to do with the estate and had seen 
the order authorizing him to act only once. Jeems 
Brady coming with Eldert Engelbertsen was asked, 
why he did not acknowledge Jan Teunissen as his 
co-administrator of the said estate of Tomas Tani- 
kraft and says, Jan Teunissen had from the begin- 
ning refused to act. He was then told, he should 
have informed this Board thereof immediately. The 
Orphanmasters decided, not to make any order in 
this case for the present and deferred it to the next 
meeting. 

Claasie Teunis stated to the Board, that there 
was owing to her for an orphan boy, who has lived 
with her i6 years, the sum of 275 fl. and it has been 
owing for the same time : Messrs. Oloff Stevensen 
and Gysbert op Dyck had placed the child with her, 
the Orphans Chamber at Amsterdam held 216 fl. 
and a testament for the boy, whose name was Jan 
Dircksen Straatemaacker, going on to his 1 7* year. 

Eldert Engelbert tells the Board, that Jeems 
Brady wants from him money on behalf of Pieter 
Jansen Winckelhoec, for whom he had been bail. It 
was ordered, \^2X Jeems Brady shall furnish a correct 
account and then it shall be paid. Eldert further 
states, that Jeems Brady has received from Pieter 
the Frenchman for account of Pieter Winckelhoeck 
15 fl. in pease and wheat and from him on the 86 fl. 
he has had 10, so that there are paid on the note 80 fl. 



of New Amsterdam. 75 

Geertje Hendrick, widow of Andrees Hoppe, was 
asked by the Board, whether she has the inventory ; 
she answers No and says, Notary Mattheus de Vos 
has it, maintaining, that as long as she does not 
marry again, she need not report the estate of her 
late husband to the Orphans Chamber. She was 
told, that it was her duty to do it according to the 
customs of our Fatherland. She replies, she does 
not intend to do it and the Orphanmasters may do, 
what they please. Thereupon the Board decided 
to send the following order to the guardians of the 
children of Andrees Hoppe dec'd : 

Whereas Cornelis Aarsen and Lambert Huybert- 
sen Mot have been appointed by Andrees Hoppe 
before his death as guardians of his children, There- 
fore, having learned that an inventory has been 
made of the property of deceased, the Orphanmas- 
ters hereby direct said guardians to appear before 
this Board at the City Hall next Wednesday, 
February 26'\ and to show by inventory the condi- 
tion of the estate of said Andrees Hoppe dec'd, when 
such disposition shall be made of it, as shall be 
found proper. 

Done etc. February 19* 1658. 

By order etc. 



Wednesday, February 26'\ 1659, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, 
Joannes Pieter sen van Bruggen and A Hard Anthony. 



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Jeen Horn, widow of Joris Horn, appearing before 
the Board with her daughter is asked, whether accord- 
ing to order she has made an inventory of the estate, 
left by her late husband. She answers, that she will 
not wrong her children and she has promised y<?rw 
Wolsy and Tomas Hal to give to each child at mar- 
riage 200 fl.: Joris Wolsy and Tomas Hal want to 
take the money into their charge, but she cannot 
agree to that. Joris Wolsy declares, that he has 
made no agreement with Jeen Horn for the settle- 
ment upon the children of their paternal inheritance. 
Joris Wolsy and Tomas Hal are authorized by the 
Orphanmasters, to make an agreement with the 
widow of Joris Horn for the settlement upon the 
children of their father's estate and then to report 
the same to this Board, and they are further directed 
to have a good care of the children and their 
property. 

Elsie Jans, widow of Albert Janzen, is asked by 
the Board, whether she and her late husband had 
made a testament ; she says No. Further asked, 
whether after the lapse of six weeks she had made 
an inventory, she also said No, and to the question, 
how many children she has, she answers five, four 
girls and a boy, named Catryn, 8 years, Margarytje, 
who will be 6 at harvest, Elsie, who will be 5 at that 
time, Merritje, in her 3"* year ^xid, Jan, i year old. 
She requests as guardians of her said children Jacob 
Leunissen and Andrees de Haas and it is ordered, 
that authority shall be given to them. 



of New Amsterdam. 77 

Geertje Hendricks, widow of Andrees Hoppe, 
appearing with the guardians, produces by them the 
inventory of the estate of her late husband and is 
asked, whether all debts and credits are entered : 
she says Yes and asked, whether she has agreed 
with the guardians about a settlement upon the 
children she answers, why should that be done 
before she marries again. She was told, she must 
doit. She answers "Must is force." ^^ Further 
asked, whether she was willing to make an agree- 
ment with the guardians, she says, she does not 
know any thing about it and is informed, that if she 
will not do it, she will be ordered. Gertje Hen- 
dricks, coming again with the guardians, is ordered 
to agree with them and promises to do so. The 
guardians are reminded, that the oldest child must 
remain with the mother. 

Abraham de la Noy, with Jacob Janzen Moesman 
guardian of the children of Frans Clasen dec'd., 
reports to the Board, that an inventory has been 
made by the widow and that she has voluntarily 
offered to give 400 fl. to be settled on the children 
as their share of their father's estate. La Noy is 
directed to do his best conscientiously. 

Ryck Hendrickzen appearing is asked, whether he 
has made an agreement with the guardians. He 
answers No, because they would not make any 
agreement, until he had spoken with the Orphan- 
masters. He is ordered to make the contract. 

'^ Proverbial Dutch : " What one does by force is done against one's will." 



78 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Commission for the guardians of the children of 
Joris Horn dec'd. 

Whereas Joris Horn has died in the year 1658, 
leaving besides the widow four minor children and 
whereas at the request of his widow Tomas Hal 
and /oris Wolsy have been appointed guardians of 
the children and administrators of the property, 
Therefore, considering the necessity, that a correct 
inventory of the estate, left by deceased, should be 
made, to prevent harm to the rights and possessions 
of the children on one side and the widow on the 
other, the Orphanmasters herewith order and 
authorize said guardians, to make as soon as pos- 
sible a correct inventory of all property, movable 
and immovable, debts and credits, of the deceased 
here in the country and to agree with the widow 
concerning the paternal inheritance of the children, 
reporting the same to this Board within 8 days or 
next Wednesday, the 5"" of March. Done etc., 
February 26, 1659. By order etc. 

Commission for the guardians of the children of 
Albert Jansen, dec'd. 

Whereas Albert Jansen has died in the year 1658, 
leaving besides a widow five minor children, named 
Catryn, Margrietje, Elsie, Merritje and Jan and 
whereas at the request of the ^Nxdov^ Jacob Leunissen 
and Andrees de Haas have been appointed guard- 
ians of the children and administrators of the estate. 
Therefore etc. as the preceding. Same date. 



of New Amsterdam: 79 

Wednesday, March 5"^, 1659, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Allard Anthony a.nd Joannes Pieter- 
sen van Brtigge. 

Tomas Wandel appearing claims from Tomas 
Tannikraft and wife dec'd. on behalf of their two 
children the sum of . . . He also claims from 
Pieter Jansen Winckelhoeck one schepel of pease at 
3fl. the schepel. He is told to speak with Pieter 
Wolferzen van Couwenhoven. 

Geertje Hendricks comes with Cornelis Aarsen 
and Lambert Huyberzen Mol, the guardians o^ the 
children of Andrees Hoppedecd, and said guardians 
report, that they have agreed with the widow 
Geertje Hendricks about a settlement on the chil- 
dren of their paternal inheritance and 1000 fl., that is 
200 for each child have been allowed, but the agree- 
ment has not yet been written out. They are 
ordered, to have it written and then hand it to the 
Secretary for record in the Orphans Book. 

Ryck Hendrickzen coming with Pieter Stouten- 
burgh and Cornelis Aarsen, guardians of the chil- 
dren, left by Ryck's deceased wife, the guardians 
report, that they have agreed with the widower and 
that Ryck is to pay to each child on coming of age 
50 fl. They are directed to have the agreement 
reduced to writing and give it to the Secretary. 

Madelena Wale comes with Gysbert Teunissen, 
to whom she is engaged to marry, and is asked, 
under what bench of justice she belongs. She 
answers, under that of the Manhattans and de- 



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clares, that she has yesterday appointed as guard- 
ians of her five children by her late husband Jurrien 
Blanck and Pieter Jansen the Norman. Gysbert 
Teunissen states, he has four children. They were 
ordered to come again next Wednesday. 

Abraham de la Noy and Jacob Janzen Moesman, 
guardians of the children of Frans Clasen dec'd., 
coming before the Board with his widow, produce 
the inventory of Fra?is Clasen s estate and the agree- 
ment, made by them with the widow concerning the 
paternal inheritance of the children, written by 
Notary Tielman van Vleeck on the first of March, 
1659. The guardians are thanked for their care and 
trouble. 

Wednesday, March I9'^ 1659, ^'^ ^^ City Hall 
present Messrs. A Hard Anthony and Paulus Leen- 
derzen van der Grift. 

Before the Board appeared Jan Schryver, who 
reported, that Bartelt Barteltsen had died at his 
house having before his death requested and directed, 
that the property, left by him, should be sent to his 
wife living at Amsterdam, Holland, only as much of 
it being sold, as required to pay the funeral expenses 
and duties. He produces an account for the funeral 
expenses and is asked by the Board, whether he 
charges nothing for his trouble and for board, which 
he has not put into the account. He says No, for 
he had done him a great deal of kindness. The 
Orphanmasters deem it necessary, that adminis- 



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trators of the property should be appointed and 
choose for that purpose Sieur Abraham de la Noy 
and Anthony de Milt, to whom was given the fol- 
lowing commission : 

Whereas Bartelt Barteltsen has died on the 14"' of 
March of this year 1659, leaving some property at 
the house oi Jan Schryver, a Burgher of this City, of 
which an inventory was taken by Secretary Joannes 
Nevius on the 19"* inst, and whereas Jan Schryver 
has this day reported said Barteltsen s wish and will, 
to be carried out after his death, according to which 
his property should be sent to his wife, living at 
Amsterdam in the Fatherland, only as much being 
sold as required to pay the funeral expenses and 
duties. Therefore it is necessary, to appoint adminis 
trators of the property and the Orphanmasters here 
with authorize and qualify S>\&\ir Aoraham de la Nyy 
and Anthony de Milt, who are directed to dispose of 
the property to the best advantage of the widow. 
Done etc. 

By order etc. 

Jenneke Jans coming before the Board reports, 
that intending to marry again, becoming the wife of 
Isaac Abrahamsen, she desires to settle upon her 
children their paternal estates and produces the 
inventory thereof, made by her late husband. 
Asked by the Orphanmasters, whether there is no 
more and whether she conceals nothing, which would 
benefit the children, she answers, she hides nothing 



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and that there are no debts outstanding. The Board 
considering it necessary to appoint guardians for the 
children select for this purpose Egbert Woutersen 
and Gerrit the miller, who received the following : 

Commission. 

Whereas Jenneke Jans, widow of Adam Wensels, 
intends to marry again and become the wife of 
Isaac Abrahamsen, bachellor, and whereas she has at 
present two living children by said Adam Wensels, 
upon whom she intends to settle their father's 
property, having for this purpose come before this 
Board and shown an inventory of said property, to 
make the settlement and whereas the Orphanmasters 
deem it necessary, to appoint guardians for the 
children, Therefore they hereby commission and 
qualify Egbert Woutersen and Gerrit Moolenaar 
(the miller), who are authorized to make such an 
agreement with the widow for a settlement upon the 
children of their paternal inheritance, after appraisal 
of the same, as equity demands, reporting the same 
to this Board for approval in eight days. 

Done etc. 

By order etc. 

Secretary Nevius produced the agreement, made 
between the widow of Andrees Hoppe and the 
guardians of her children for the settlement upon 
the children of their paternal inheritance, when it 
was decided, to place a mortgage on her house. 



of New Amsterdam. 83 

The agreement between Ryck Hendricksen and 
the guardians for the settlement upon the children 
of their maternal inheritance was also shown. 

Wednesday, April 9"", 1659, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. Allard Anthony and Paulus Leendersen 
van der Grift. 

Abraham de la Noy and Anthony de Milt, adminis- 
trators of the property, left by Bartelt Barteltsen 
dec'd., came before the Board and with them Hermen 
Reinersen Bruynd — , who requested restitution of 
the goods, which said Barteltsen had taken along 
for him according to inventory shown, made at New 
Amstel in the South River March 30, 1659. The 
Orphanmasters after examining the inventory asked, 
whether he knew what goods Barteltsen had taken 
along and he answered No. fan Schryver stated, 
that Bartelt Barteltsen, when alive and well, had said 
to him on opening the box with furs in the presence 
of his wife zndfurrien Lauwerens Houtsager (viood- 
sawyer), after he had seen and counted the skins, 
that nine of them were missing, which he owned in 
partnership with Hermen Reinersen and one of his 
own private ones ; he also said, that the skins marked 
with two B. were his own and those unmarked 
belonged to him in partnership with Hermen Reiner- 
sen. fan Schryver further stated, that he had 
learned from Barteltsen, his wife had some, belong- 
ing to Reinersen, as security, she having become bail 
for the money advanced for the partnership. Also 



84 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

that a girl, called Doedjee, arrived from the 
South River, had said to Bartelt Barteltsen : 
" What do you mean, that you have all your 
skins, Hermen Reynersen has some under his 
bunk and others under the bunk of the smith." 
Hermen Reynersen declares, that of the 60 fl., 
mentioned in the inventory, one half was Bartelt- 
sen s, the other his own and that eight pieces of . . 
. . . , belonging to Bartelt were at the South 
River with three pieces of silver ribbon and one 
dozen of tin spoons. He also says, he had come 
over for no other reason, than to see, how the goods 
would sell. 

Catalyntje, the wife oi Joresy, coming in tells Mr. 
Allard Anthony, that a man, called Abraham Jansen 
van Salee, alias the Turk, who had lived at her 
house, was dead, having made a testament, whereb)^ 
he has devised his property to the negro-woman and 
the child, he has had by her, Joresy having been 
named executor. She says, the Deacons of the City 
have attached and seized the property and she had 
been to the Director General, who had referred her 
to the Orphanmasters. As the domicile is not within 
this jurisdiction, the case was not taken up by this 
Board, but again referred to the Director General 
and Council. 

Jacobus Vis stated to the Board, that a box had 
been sent to him to forward it to Ariaan Fransen 
Keuninck at the South River, but as said Ariaan 
Fransen has died there, he asks for permission to sell 



of New Amsterdam. 85 

it for the benefit of the parties in interest and he 
says, an inventory of the goods has been made by 
Notary Mattheus de Vos. The request is granted 
under condition, that the inventory be handed to 
Secretary Nevius. 

Oeny Cyfery coming before the Board claims from 
Jeems Brady, as administrator of the estate of Tomas 
Tanikraft, 12 fl. fie was ordered to come again 
with Jeems Brady in three weeks. 

Jurrien Blanck and Pieter Jansen the Norman 
appearing produce as guardians of the children and 
administrators of the estate of Joghim Caljer an 
inventory of the property, left by him. They are 
referred to the Director General and Council. 

Wednesday, May* 7* 1659, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. A Hard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift -dx^d. Joannes de*Peister. 

Before the Board comes Herry Bresar asking for 
money on account oi Jan Hu(sitson dec'd and he is 
told, to summon the administrators for the next 
meeting, when the matter shall be looked into. 

Nicolaas Velthuysen produces and shows to the 
Board a testament, made by him and his deceased 
wife. 

Mrs. Ebbinck coming in states, that 165 morgen 
(330 acres) and some rods of land at the Esopus are 
belonging to her, but she can say no more before the 
opening of trade. 

Andrees Clazen, questioned by the Orphanmasters, 



86 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

says, he has as yet made no settlement upon his 
children of their maternal estate ; it was not much, 
when he married and they were married about three 
and a half years. He promises to appoint guardians. 

On the 15* of May, 1659, the Orphanmasters of 
this City received the following request from the 
guardians of the children oi Jan of Rotterdam dec'd : 

To the Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam 
in New Netherland. 

Gentlemen. Your Board wrote in the year 1656 
a letter, with some certificates, on behalf of the chil- 
dren, left hy Jan Cornelissen from Rotterdam. We 
understand, that you have never received an answer 
and now request, whereas one of the children, called 
Cornelis Jansen, by trade a glazier, sails for Holland 
with these ships, that you will give him a copy of the 
letter, formerly sent, adding that the bearer is a son. 
Hoping that then justice will be done, we remain etc 
Signed : Oloff Stevenzen 

P. Cornelissen van der Veen. 

Honourable, Wise, Prudent and Very Discreet 
Gentlemen. 

Whereas we have not received up to date an 
answer to the letter, written you on the 4* of June, 
1657, and sent with the declarations of some 
Burghers and inhabitants, we have thought it proper, 
to send you herewith a copy thereof by the son of 
Jan Cornelissen from Rotterdam, the bearer hereof, 



of New Amsterdam. 8y 

requesting that you will assist him. Not doubting, 
that you will do so and offering our services for 
similar occasions we commend you to the merciful 
protection of the All High and remain 

Your affectionate friends and fellowservants 
The Orphanmasters of the City of Amster- 
dam in New Netherland 
Signed : Allard Anthony 

By order Joannes Nevius, Secr^. 
Amsterdam in N. N. May 17, 1659. 
Addressed : Hon*"'' Wise etc the Orphanmasters 
of Amsterdam. 

Wednesday, June 4, 1659, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Allard Anthony. 

Raghel van Tienhoven appearing was asked, 
whether before her husband left she had made a 
testament with him. She answers No and is di- 
rected to make an inventory of the estate. She 
says, as she may not yet marry again, she is not 
obliged to make a settlement on her children of any 
property, but she will look out for two persons to 
act as guardians of the children. 

As the Board is not complete, nothing is done in 
other cases coming up. 

Thursday, June I9'\ 1659, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen 
van der Grift and foannes de Peister. 

Before the Board appeared Isaack de Foreest, who 
reported the little son of Nicolaas Velthuysen had 



88 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

complained to him, that his father, being his step- 
father, got drunk daily and squandered the prop- 
erty and had requested him to inform the Orphan- 
masters. He states, that Janneke Willems, the 
boy's mother and the wife of said Velthuysen, before 
she lost consciousness had asked him, to keep an 
eye on the child. Nicolaas Velthuysen appearing, 
the tenour of the testament is explained to him and 
he is directed to make an inventory of the property, 
left by his wife, to divide with the children or to 
settle their share upon them. Answering he offers 
300 fl. for each child, but submits to the disposition 
of the Board. The Orphanmasters decide, that an 
inventory of the property left by Janneke Willems 
dec'd., shall be made and they commission and 
authorize Sieur Isaack de Foreest and Timotheus de 
Gabry to cause such inventory to be made by Sec- 
retary Joannes Nevius. 

Commission. 

Whereas Janneke Willems, wife of Nicolaas 
Velthuysen, has lately, that is in the month of April, 
died, leaving besides the widower two minor chil- 
dren by her first husband, named Cornelis de Graaf, 
22 years,'* and Hendrick de Graaf, 15 years oid, of 
whom Cornelis is in East India and Hendrick here. 
Therefore the Orphanmasters of this City, consider- 
ing it necessary, that an inventory be made of the 
property left by her for preventing harm to the chil- 

'* Under Dutch-Roman law children came of ace at 24. 



of New Amsterdam. 89 

dren on one side and the widower on the other in 
their rights and property, commission and authorize 
thereto, as they hereby do, Isaack de Foreest and 
Timotheus de Gabry, who are to make as soon as 
possible with the widower Nicolaas Velthuysen an 
inventory of the furniture and effects, real and per- 
sonal property, debts and credits, left by the de- 
ceased, and to r,eport the same to this Board next 
Saturday, the 21'' at 7 o'clock in the morning, when 
the Orphanmasters shall be in session, under the 
penalty, fixed by the rules of the Orphans Court. 
Done etc. June 19, 1659. 

By order etc. 

Before the Board appeared Leuntje Pteters, 
widow of Cornells Jansen Cloppenburgh, Mattheus de 
Vos and Timotheus de Gabry, chosen guardians by 
said Leuntje, and Gerrit Fullerwever and Reinhout 
Reinhozdzen, testamentary guardians, appointed by 
Corn. Jansen, who produced the testament, made by 
Cornells Jansen Cloppenburgh and Leuntje Pteters, 
whereby said Cornells devises after his death to said 
Leuntje the sum of 500 fl. from the readiest property, 
a silver beaker, a silver ribbed cup, a red kersey 
coat, eight bed sheets, eight woman's shifts, six 
man's shirts, six linen aprons, nine handkerchiefs, 
eight pillow covers with two covers against the oil, 
giving as reason, that having been sick for several 
years, during which she has been obliged to sell 
much of her clothing and jewelry, to support the 



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household honestly, he is grateful for it ; naming 
further said Leuntje Pieters and Jan Cornelissen, his 
son by the first marriage with Wilbreght Tomas, his 
former wife, as the heirs of all his property, nothing 
excepted and that after the death of said Jan Cor- 
nells said Leuntje shall become the owner of all. 
He further appointed guardians of his son by the 
first marriage Reinhout Reinhoutzen and Gerrit 
Fullerwever to execute his last will and said Leuntje 
made her husband Cornells Jansen universal heir of 
all her property and after his death Pieter Cornelis- 
sen, the son of her deceased brother Cornelis Pieter- 
sen, living at the Orphanage in Hoorn, Holland 
and should he die without issue Pieter Clasen, the 
oldest son of her brother Claas Pietersen was to 
have it, and in case of his death without issue his 
brothers and sisters or their children, to have and 
to hold it forever without interference by the 
Orphanmasters of this City. The abovesaid par- 
ties also showed an agreement, made with each 
other with the approval of the Orphanmasters for 
the sale and purchase of the share of his father's 
estate, belonging to Jan Cornelissen, Cornelis Jan' 
sens son by his first marriage, to-wit that said 
Leuntje Pieters shall give to Jan Cornelissen lOO fl. 
and all the clothing and linnen, used by his father in 
his lifetime, in consideration on the other side, that 
whereas Leuntje Pieters during her wedded life has 
consumed her property, because said Cornelis Jansen 
has for some years been sick and unable to earn a 



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91 



stiver, she Is to remain in possession of the estate. 
Said Leuntje promises to pay the said 100 fl. within 
a year from May 13, 1659, and the said clothing is 
to be sold by the executors for the benefit of said 
Jan Cornelissen. Parties therefore request the ap- 
proval of the Orphanmasters, who ask the executors, 
whether they are satisfied with what has been done. 
They answer Yes and the agreement is approved. 
The executors also produce the account of Cornells 
Jansen CloppenburgK s estate, of which the following 
is a copy : 



The estate of C. J. Clop- 




The estate of C. J. Clop- 




penburgh 


Dr. 


penburgh 


Cr. 


To a donatio inter vivos fl. 


900 


By the house, appraised at 


fl. 900 


" i6years interest on 100 




" wampum 


" 300 


fl. HoU. at 1055 in this 








country's curr^ " 


180 


" beavers 


" 128 


" the Church 


20 


" household goods 


" 125 


" more owing than out- 








standing " 


394 


" good and bad debts 


" 150 


" 100 fl. bequest to the 








son " 


' 100 


" goods come in the 




" bequeathed to the 




ship de Trowu) 


" 240 


widow " 


' 100 






" the widow for malting 








an inventory, writ- 








ing the agreement 








and other expenses ' 


' 149 







fl. 1843 



fl. 1843 



Aeltje Bickers coming in, she is told, whereas she 
intends to marry again she must make a settlement 
on her children of their father's property. She 



92 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

answers, she has nothing, but will give 50 fl. to each 
child, her own as well as the child by the first mar- 
riage of her husband. The Orphanmasters give her 
time until next Saturday, to examine the condition 
of her estate and what she can do. 

Tomas Verdon appearing, who intends to marry 
again, he is told that he must settle on his child, 
cz}^&^ Jacobus, about 3 years old, the maternal prop- 
erty. He promises 50 fl. for the little lot, which he 
has sold, and says, that his mother still has some 
property in Holland and as soon as he receives it, 
he shall from it make a settlement on the child. 
The Orphanmasters appoint as guardians of the 
child and administrators of the maternal estate Mr. 
Paulus van der Beeck and Joannes Monjeer de la 
Montague, who are to make an inventory of the 
estate. 

Commission. 

Whereas Tomas Verdon, widower of Barbara 
Imbroeck, intends to marry again with Janneke 
Bones, widow of Tobias Teunissen, and as he has a 
little son Jacobus by said Barbara Imbroeck, about 
3 years old, to whom before the marriage his ma- 
ternal inheritance must be proved, so that when he 
comes of age and marries he may have what belongs 
to him. Therefore the Orphanmasters of this City 
appoint as guardians and administrator Mr. Paulus 
van der Beeck and Joannes la Montagne junior, who 
are hereby authorized to make such an agreement 



of New Amsterdam. 93 

with the widower on behalf of the child concerning 
his maternal inheritance, debts and credits, as equity 
demands, reporting the same to this Board on Satur- 
day, June 21, at 7. o. c. a. m. 

Done etc. June 19, 1659. 

Jenneke Boones appearing before the Board is 
directed, whereas she intends to marry again she 
must settle on her children their paternal inherit- 
ance. Answering she offers to give each child 50 
fl. and states she has four children, called Hermen 
Urbanus, 17 years, Neeltje Urbanus, 15 years, Ur- 
banus Urbanus, 10 years and Teunis Tobiassen, 8 
years, for whom Abraham Clock and Evert Duyc- 
kingh are appointed guardians. 

Commission. 

Whereas Janneke Bones, widow of Tobias Teunis- 
sen, is about to become the wife of Tomas Verdon, 
widower of Barbara Imbroeck, and whereas she has 
now four living children, of whom three by her first 
husband, called Hermen, Neeltje and Urbanus 
Urbanussen, and the fourth, Teunis Tobiassen, by 
her last deceased husband, to whom before her mar- 
riage their paternal inheritance must be proved, so 
that when they come of age or marry, they may 
receive what belongs to them. Therefore the Orphan- 
masters appoint as guardians and administrators 
Abraham Clock and Evert Duyckingh, who are 
hereby authorized to make such an agreement with 



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the widow on behalf of the children etc etc [ut 
supra]. Done June 19, 1659. 



Saturday, June 21'', 1659. at the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. Allard Anthony and Paulus Leendersen 
van der Grift. 

Before the Board came Abraham Clocq and Evert 
Duyckingh, curators of the children and property, 
left by Tobias Teunissen deed, who reported, they 
had been at the house of his widow, fanneke Bones, 
and after examination of the estate they had agreed 
with her about the settlement on her children of 
their paternal inheritance, namely, that she shall 
give to each child 50 fl., together 200 fl. They were 
thanked for the labour. 

Joannes Monjeer de la Montagne, with Paulus van 
der Beeck administrator, states that he has been at 
Tomas Verdons house and that after an appraisal of 
the estate there is a surplus of 1 14 fl. As said 
Tomas has not declared all, it is ordered, that he 
shall once more be spoken to about the land and 
other things, of which a list is given. 

Aaltje Bickers states to the Board, that she owes 
Steenwyck about 300 fl. and that he has promised not 
to trouble her about it. She says also, that her late 
husband Gerrit Bicker, before marrying her, made a 
report of the goods on behalf of his child by the first 
marriage to the Orphans Court at Amsterdam about 
Whitsuntide 1650 and there were found to be more 



of New Amsterdam. 95 

debts, than property, therefore the child can have no 
inheritance from the mother, but she promises to 
bring for each child to the Board as inherited from 
the father 25 fl. 

Nicolaas Velthuysen appearing is asked, whether 
he has declared all. He answers Yes and says, he 
owes 70 to 75 beavers, which he must pay on the 
bouwery (farm). The Orphanmasters, having ex- 
amined and considered the condition of the estate, 
left by Janneke Willems dec'd., wife of Nicolaas Vel- 
thuysen, have made with him an agreement for a 
settlement upon the children of their maternal in- 
heritance, to-wit : Nicolaas Velthuysen promises to 
pay to the children as inherited from their mother 
according to the bond, of which the following is a 
copy : 

Before the Board of Orphanmasters of the City of 
Amsterdam in N. N. appeared Nicolaas Velthuysen, 
widower oi Janneke Willems, who intending to marry 
again promises to give to the two sons, Cornells and 
Hendrick de Graaf, as inherited from their mother 
2400 fl., half in beavers and half in wampum, besides 
all the linnen, woollen and jewelry, belonging to their 
mother. The Orphanmasters agree to it and that he 
shall remain in possession of the property, taking all 
debts and credits on his account and further promis- 
ing to bring up the son, who is with him, honestly 
support him and have him taught a good trade. 
For the performance hereof he promises to furnish 
sufificient security without delay and in witness 



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thereof he has signed the foregoing on the 21" of 
June 1659 at the meeting of the Orphanmasters. 

Signed. N. Velthuysen. 

Before the Board came Tomas Hal and Isaack 
Grevera, administrators of the estate of Jan Hutsit- 
son dec'd, and state, that they have not been able to 
find any goods, belonging to the estate. Herry 
Bresar is asked, whether he will swear, that the 
money claimed as per account is really due him. 
Answering Yes he is asked, whether he will take his 
oath, that there are no more beavers, silver money, 
carpenters' tools or clothing. He answers, he could 
swear to that to the best of his knowledge. Whereas 
Herry Bresar has declared under oath before this 
Board, that the money claimed from Jan Hutsitson 
is really owing to him and that to the best of his 
knowledge he has no more property of said Jan 
Hutsitson dec'd, therefore the money shall be paid to 
him, which is due him according to the following 
account : 

The Estate of Jan Hutsitson dec'd. Dr. 

1658 To Herry Bresar, the following account 

Octobr 15. as taxed by the Orphanmasters 
For board, beer, wine and 
candles to the people, who 
watched at his bed 80 fl. 
reduced to fl. 40. 

For a cask of beer with ex- 
cise and carting " 27.12 



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97 



Novbr, 1 6. 



Decbr. 5. 



For washing his linnen and 

other things done 
Paid to Claas van Elslant 
For a broken wine glass 
Given to skipper Lwuwerens 
For two dozen of pipes 
For taking care 
For a box 
For a cloth cap and other 

linnen 



Further due for board etc as 
per a/c shown by Herry 
Bresar to the Orphan- 
masters Octobr. 15. 

For wine at the funeral 6 
beavers 

For 2 quarterns of brandy at 
the auction 

Fees to the auctioneer and 
messenger 5 p. c. on 166.13 

Paid to the Crier Stoffel 
Mighielsen 

To Master Hans Kierstede, 
surgeon, who attended him 
4 beavers 

" Jan Adriaansen, carpen- 
ter, I beaver & i fl. 

" Coenraat ten Eyck as per 
account 



tl. 


5- 


ii 


23- 9 


fi 


. 8 


it 


6. 


<( 


1. 16 


<( 


10. 


(i 


16 


<( 


16. 



fl. 146. 5 

fl. 1000.17 

" 48. 
I. 4 
8, 6 
1. 10 

fl. 32. 



98 



Minutes of the Orphan Masters 



1659 To Isaac k Grevera 

January 8 " VtMXgtr Jorissen 

Febry. 26 For a beaver for placing the 
yacht at Daniel Litscds 

June 9 To Frangois de Bruyn for 

account of Simon Clasen 
Turck for completing the 
yacht 12 beavers 
Changed one beaver for 
wampum to pay .... 

1658 Herry Bresar 

Novbr. 1 1 To various goods purchased 
from the estate for 94 fl. 
10 St. heavy money or in 
light money 
To wampum 
To 30 beavers at 1 2 fl. 



fl. 



" 16 

1659 
June 30. 



To 12 " " " 

To order on Lauwerens 
Lauwerensen for 41 beav- 
ers at 1 2 fl. 

To wampum 



5- 
9- 



96. 



Dr 



fl. 126. 
" 20. 5 

" 360. 

" 144- 



" 492. 

" 4-iy 
fl. 1 147. 2 



1658 The Estate of _/(«« ^wteVj^o^e dec'd Cr 

Octobr. 9. By 67 beavers at 8 fl. fl. 536. 

Novbr. II. " sale of goods " 166.13. 



Novbr. 12. 



1658 
Octbr. 9. 



of New Amsterdam. 

By note on Lauwerens Lau- 
werensen for a yacht made 
for Reintje de Vries and 
by him accepted to com- 
plete, in beavers 

" note on Isaack Allerton 
senior dec'd dated Decbr. 
31. 1657 



99 



904. 



420. 



fl. 202 6. 13 

Herry Bresar Cr 

By expenses at the funeral of 
Jan Hutsitson dec'd. taxed 
by the Orphanmasters 
Octobr. 15, 1658. fl. 146. 5 

board etc, as per a/c shown 
to the Orphanmasters 
Octobr 15, 1658. " 1000.17 



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Wednesday, July i^, 1659, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Allard Anthony and Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift. 

Nicolaas Velthuysen appearing is asked, whether 
he has security for the performance of his bond for 
the children of his deceased wife, given on the 21^' of 
June last. He says, he can find no one to become 
his bail, also that he owes more and requests, that 



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all debts be paid and credits collected, promising to 
bring in 4 to 8 days a list of all his debts. Granted. 

Mr. Paulus van de Beecq answers to the question by 
the Board, whether he has not heard, \}cl2X Jacob Coppe 
had torn and destroyed the testament, made by him : 
that he heard Jacob Coppe dec'd. say to Willem Pieter- 
sen, Pieter Lauwerensen, his wife and others, he had 
destroyed and torn his last will and it was of no value. 

Jacob Janzen Huys says, he has learned that one 
Bartelt Barteltsen, who had come from the South 
River, had died here, and he has to claim from 
him 70 fl. Holland currency for freight, which 
money was to be paid to him by a draft in Holland, 
but as he fears, the draft may not be accepted, he 
inquires, whether he may not attach the money from 
the goods sold here or the goods still on hand or 
what else he is to do. The Orphanmasters advise 
him to write to his wife about the draft and if it is 
not accepted to attach the goods and seize them. 

Jan Rutgersen states to the Board, that 55 fl. are 
still due him from Barent Oesterman dec'd. and 
requests, that the Vendumaster may pay him the 
sum, which is for board and drink, had at his house. 
He is told, the Secretary or Vendumaster shall see, 
how it stands with the account. 

Monday, July 7* 1659, at the City Hall present 
as before. 

Before the Board appeared Willem Pietersen, who 
was told, the Orphanmasters had learned, that he 



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knew of Jacob Coppe's saying, he had destroyed the 
testament, made by him. Therefore he is asked, 
what knowledge he has thereof. He answers, the 
testament is still there. Again asked, whether he 
did not know, that Jacob Coppe had said, he had torn 
and destroyed his last will, he answers : " No matter, 
whether he has said so or not, the testament is in 
being ; " he will not make another statement and 
says, the Board may do their best and utters other 
improper words. 

Pieter Lauwerens and wife are examined, first the 
man and then the woman, whether they know that 
Jacob Coppe had said, he had destroyed the testa- 
ment, made by him. He answers, he had heard 
Jacob Coppe say so and the wife being asked, says 
the same. 

Pieter Lauwerens produces an account, according 
to which Jacob Coppe still owes him a balance of 
I lo fl. The Orphanmasters order their Secretary, 
to write to Cornells Aarsen and Jan van der Bilt 
directing them not to take to themselves any goods 
oi Jacob Coppe dec'd., before they have proved to the 
Board their rights. 

Nicolaas Velthuysen appearing is asked, whether 
he has made an estimate of the property, left by his 
wife and settled it on her children. He says, he has 
had no time, as his wedding is to take place next 
Wednesday and he is making preparations for it. 
Giving other strange and improper answers he 
leaves the room. 



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Tuesday, July 8'^ 1659, at 6 o'clock in the morn- 
ing at the City Hall present Messrs. Nicasius de 
Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevensen Cortlant, 
Allard Anthony and Paulus Leenderzen van der 
Grift. 

The Board asked Willem Pietersen, whether he 
has not \).&2xdi facob Coppe say, he had destroyed his 
last will, and ordered him to answer with Yes or No. 
He says, he has heard that he had destroyed it, also, 
that he said : "You will find it there," and offers to 
confirm his declaration by an oath. 

Nicolaas Velthuysen coming before the Board is 
directed to make a settlement on the children of his 
late wife of their maternal inheritance. In answer 
he requests, that the table may be put out of doors, 
the goods sold and the surplus be divided with the 
children, so that every one may have his own. He 
states, that the children have each 1000 fl. in Brazil 
from the estate of their mother's father, which they 
cannot obtain, and he says, he would rather delay 
his wedding, than go on, and give 50 fl. to the Poor, 
promising to make a good report to the Board, when 
the creditors yizw Gillison and others have come from 
Fort Orange. The Board decides, that Nicolaas 
Velthuysen shall exhibit in the presence of Schout de 
Sille eight days after the wedding an inventory of 
his whole estate. 

Honourable, Wise, Prudent Gentlemen. 

At the request of Lauwerens Andriesen Drayer 
(turner), who has married the widow of Christiaen 



of New Amsterdam. 103 

Barens, deceased at the South River last year, we 
inform you herewith, that there are deposited in 
your Orphans' Court the goods, belonging to his 
children as paternal inheritance, while the children 
are here in this City, and we request, that following 
the usages of other places said goods may be sent to 
the Orphans' Court here. You will find us in similar 
cases willing to reciprocate, with which we remain 
Yours etc. etc. etc. 
By order: J. Nevius, Secretary. 
Amsterdam in N. N. July 16, 1659. 

Commission. 

Pursuant to the resolution of their Worships, the 
Burgomasters, sitting with the Orphanmasters, 
Schout Nicasius de Sille is hereby authorized and 
directed, with Sieurs Timotheus de Gabry and Isaack 
de Foreest to have made by 'Sy&zx&X.zxy Joannes Nevius 
an inventory of the property, left Janneke Willems 
dec'd., wife of Nicolaas Velthuysen, at said Velthuy- 
sen's house. Done etc, July 16, 1659. 

By order etc. 

According to the foregoing order Schout Nicasius 
de Sille, Timotheus de Gabry and Isaack de Foreest 
have proceeded to the house of Nicolaas Velthuysen, 
to take an inventory of the property, left by Janneke 
Willems dec'd : said Velthuysen requested a delay 
until next Monday, July 21, which was allowed. 
Done at the house of said Velthuysen, July 16, 1659. 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 



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Saturday, August 2^ 1659, ^^ the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. Allard Anthony and Paulus Leendersen 
van der Grift. 

Before the Board appeared Cornells Aarsen, who 
was informed of some declarations, made before the 
Board, that the testament, made hy Jacob Coppe, had 
been destroyed. He says, that may be reported by 
some people, because they would like it to be so ; 
he requests a copy of the declarations, which was 
allowed to him. 

Pieter Schabanck, sent by the Board to Nicolaas 
Velthuysen, to bring him to the Court, returns say- 
ing, that Nicolaas had told, the Orphanmasters 
might set the table before the door and sell every- 
thing. 

Cristyntje Cappvens came before the Board and 
stated, that she and her husband had made a testa- 
ment ; showing it to the Board, it was found by 
reading it, that the Orphanmasters are excluded, but 
as there is no mention of guardians for the child nor 
a settlement upon the same of the paternal inherit- 
ance, she requests, that as guardians may be ap- 
pointed the Hon'''' Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
selected by both, and Dirck Jansen Croon, thereto 
requested by her deceased husband, who had ac- 
cepted the office, but said Dirck Jansen Croon, 
now not being here, she asks, that the Hon"' Pieter 
Wolfersen van Couwenhoven may provisionally act 
in his place, which is allowed. 



of New Amsterdam. 105 

Wednesday, August 27*, 1659, at the City Hall 
present as before. 

Mrs. Ebbingh produced an account of receipts 
and expenditures, lately made. The Orphanmasters 
inform her, that she will have to make a settlement 
upon her children of their paternal inheritance be- 
fore the Orphans' Court here, but she may take the 
property for herself under bail or mortgage on the 
house of her husband and all her goods etc. here in 
the country. 

Monday, September 1=', 1659, at the City Hall 
present as before and Joannes de Peister. 

Before the Board appeared Jeronimus Ebbingh 
and his Wiie, Joanna de Laat'^, handing in an account 
of moneys paid out of the estate oi Joannes de Hulter 
dec'd., in which after examination by the Board is 
found an item of 500 fl., said to have been paid to 
Ebbingh aforesaid for a loan. The Orphanmasters 
request a specification of how the 500 fl. were 
counted out and the answer was, no specification 
could be given, the sum was figured in beavers and 
wampum, the wampum at 10 fl. for one beaver. 
Asked, whether he would take an oath, that the 
debt was just, he answers, he does not intend to do 
so and had never thought, that the gentlemen of the 
Board had so little faith in him. He says, he will 

'* She had been the widow of Joannes de Laet, the first historian of New 
Netherland, a Director of the W. I. Company, a Commissioner of N. N. in 1638 
and co-patroon of Rensselaerswyck. Her second husband was J. de Hulter. 
See. Docts. rel. to Col. Hist, of N. Y. 



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erase the item. He was then asked, whether he has 
any more claims against the estate, and says, he 
does not know, except that i8 beavers of an old 
debt, not mentioned in the former inventory, have 
been received from Andrees Herwarts and 350 fl. in 
wampum are still due from Abraham Molenaar (the 
miller) with interest at 10 p. c, pursuant to a bond 
in the hands of Timotheus de Gabry, also 67 fl. from 
Mighiel Tades for stones. The Orphanmasters de- 
cide, that somebody should assist Franpois Boon, the 
attorney of Mrs. Ebbinck, who is to have the super- 
vision of the paternal inheritance of Joannes de 
Hulters children. Mrs. Ebbinck is satisfied with 
it and states, that she has sent to Holland in the 
year 1657 for Mighiel and Paulus de Hulter 100 
beavers and in 1658 219. 

Nicolaas Velthuysen is asked by the Board, 
whether he has made an inventory of the property, 
left by his deceased wife. He answers: "What 
inventory shall I make, you may sell my property 
and pay my debts," but he asks, whether he may 
engage Tielman van Vleeck to make the inventory. 
He is told, he may or any one else. Then he 
promises to deliver to the Orphanmasters an inven- 
tory of all the property with a list of debts and 
credits this week and is given time till next Satur- 
day. 

The Board resolve, to have the Burgomasters 
and Schepens asked by the Secretary, whether the 
affidavits concerning the testament of Jacob Coppe 



of New Amsterdam. 107 

are sufficient to annul it, and to make a proper 
record of it. 



Wednesday, September 3"^, 1659, at the City Hall 
present as before Jeronimus Ebbinck coming in 
states, that Frangois Boon has in his charge the fol- 
lowing obligations : 

One from Pieter Bont for . . . fl. 186. 
" " Jan Barents en Wemp for . " 300. 
" " Jan Willemsen van Hooghtey- 

lingen for . . , . "184 
" " Isebrandt Eldersen for . '' '^IZ 
" " Arent van Corlaar for . " 203 
" " Cornells Teunissen Pott for " 198.18 
Cornells Barensen Sleght owes, pay- 
able in May 1660, without note of 
hand . . . . . . " 201 1. 

and Sieur Ebbinck adds, that his wife has 
received from Abraham Molenaar 
(the miller) the interest on 350 fl. 
at 10 p. c. . . . . . " 35. 

Before us, the Orphanmasters of the City of Am- 
sterdam in N. N. appeared Sieur Jeronimus Eb- 
binck, who declared, that for the recovery of 1780 fl. 
4 St. 4 pence in beavers and 264 fl. 9 st. 8 p. in wam- 
pum, together 1351 fl. 13 st. 12 p., taken to Holland, 



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he gives a special mortgage on his house and lot 
on the Northside of Brouwer (Stone) Street, 
bounded East by the house and lot, now occupied 
by Joannes van Brugh, South by said street. West 
by the house and lot of Mattheus de Vos, North by 
the lot of Jan Everson Bottt, further binding gen- 
erally his person and property, real and personal, 
present and future, nothing excepted, under sub- 
mission to all courts and laws. In witness whereof 
he has signed these at Amsterdam in N. N. this 
3"* of September 1659. Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

A release hereof was entered February 23, 1662, 
payment having been made in Holland. 

Before us, the Orphanmasters etc., appeared 
Joanna de Laat, widow of Joannes de Hulter, now 
wife oi Jeronimus Ebbinck, who declared that as well 
as for the satisfaction of 319 beavers, sent to Paulus 
and Mighiel de Hulter in Holland during the years 
1657 and 1658, the proceeds for which are in the 
hands of said Mighiel de Hulter, as for the payment 
of what hereafter may be found to belong to the 
children of Joannes de Hulter dec'd., she gives a 
special mortgage on her property in lands, farms, 
cattle, debts due and whatever else she may have 
in this country, placing at the same time her person 
under the jurisdiction of all courts and laws and 
hereby specially directing Frangois Boon, her attor- 
ney, to obey the order of the Orphanmasters con- 
cerning the property, placed in his charge or to be 



of New Amsterdam. 1 09 

so placed by the committee of this Board. In wit- 
ness etc September 3, 1659. 

Copy. Sieur Mighiel de Hulter. 

Honourable, Prudent Discreet Sir. 

As Orphanmasters we are in duty bound, to take 
care of fatherless and motherless children and there- 
fore have to inform you, that Mrs. Joanna de Laat, 
widow of Joannes de Hulter, now the wife of Sieur 
Jerontmus Ebbinck, and at present going to Holland, 
has exhibited to us the condition of the estate of 
her first husband, as far as she knows it, and she has 
stated to us, that in the years 1657 and 1658 she has 
sent to you and your brother Paulus de Hulter 319 
beavers, the money for which is in your hands. 
She now takes with her 1351 fl. 13 s. 12 p., belonging 
with one half of said 319 beavers to the children as 
their paternal inheritance and said Sieur Ebbinck 
has given for the 135 1 fl. a mortgage on his house 
and lot, therein described, while Mrs. de Laat has 
mortgaged for the half of the beavers all her property. 
It is further found, that in 1658 80 beavers were 
sent by the Moesman to Mrs. Anna de Hulter and 
Mighiel de Hulter and this year by the Bruyn Vis 
(Brown Fish) through Sieur Ebbinck 1 1 5 beavers 
and 4 hhds. of tobacco, also in the Moesman in three 
packages 720 beavers, 22 elkskins, 12 bearskins, 5 
deerskins, one coat made of catskin, one hhd. of 
tobacco, consigned to himself. We request, that 
you will advise us of the foregoing goods, whether 



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among them is anything for the benefit of the chil- 
dren, so that they may come to their own. In so 
doing we remain 

Your affectionate friends 
The Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam. 

Saturday, September 27'^ 1659, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Allard Anthony and Joannes de 
Peyster. 

Having seen that the Burgomasters and Schepens 
of this City after reading the statements of Willem 
Pietersen, Master Paulus van der Beecq, Pieter Lau- 
werensen and wife, do not consider them sufficient to 
invalidate the last will and testament, made by 
Jacob Coppe dec'd., the Orphanmasters have decided, 
that for the best of the heirs guardians and admin- 
istrators must be appointed, electing thereto Timo- 
theus de Gabry and Isaack Kip. 

Commission. 
Whereas Jacob Coppe has died and there has been 
found among his papers and property here a testa- 
ment, made December 14, 1653, before Notary D. 
van Schelluyne and witnesses, in favour of Lysbett 
Cornelis, daughter of Cornells Aarsen, and Merritje 
Jans, daughter of Jan van der Bilt, naming both 
heiresses of his estate. Therefore the Orphanmasters 
have resolved, to appoint administrators of said 
estate, so that the heiresses may come to their own, 
and they have elected and authorized, as they 
hereby do, Timotheus de Gabry and Isaacq Kip, who 



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are directed to make as soon as possible a complete 
inventory of all the goods and property, left by ]^an 
Coppe, his debts and credits here in the country, as 
well in this place as elsewhere, and to report the 
same to the Orphans Court, to be then disposed of, 
as shall be deemed advisable. Done as above. 

Secretary Nevius and Courtmessenger Claas van 
Elslant are directed and authorized, to bring to the 
Orphans Court the chest with the goods and papers, 
left hy Jacob Coppe dec'd., to be disposed of, as then 
shall be decided. 

Jan Teunissen asks by petition for payment 
out of Jacob Coppe s estate for four pigs, sold to 
Jacob Coppe according to affidavit. Marginal order : 
As the proof, that the pigs have been delivered 
to Jacob Coppe, is not sufficient, the Orphanmasters 
cannot see, that petitioner has anything to claim 
from the estate. 

Nicolaas Velthuysen produces to the Board the 
inventory of the property, left by his late wife, 
without a specification of all her debts and credits. 
Whereupon it is ordered : As Nicolaas Velthuysen 
has not in the inventory of the estate of Janneke 
Willems dec'd., his late wife specified her debts and 
credits, but given them only in a lump sum, there- 
j"ore he is hereby ordered for the last time, to hand 
in to this Board next Wednesday, the first of 
October, a pertinent statement of the debts due and 
the credits claimed, under a penalty to be fixed, if he 
remains in default. 



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Friday, October I7'^ 1659, ^' ^^ Qx^-y Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. Allard Anthony and Paulus L. van der 
Grift. 

Before the Board appeared Timotheus de Gabry, 
who was informed, the Orphanmasters had learned 
from Mrs. Ebbingh, that he had in his charge a note 
in her favour drawn on Abraham Pietersen Mole- 
naar (the miller) for 350 fl. in wampum, which she 
wanted to have for record in the register of orphans' 
property. He answers, he would not surrender it, 
as it was confided to him, but if the Court com- 
pelled him, he might be able to justify the surrender. 
He was told, the Court had nothing to do with it 
and the Orphanmasters directed their Secretary 
to write the following order to Gabry : Timotheus 
de Gabry is hereby ordered by the Orphanmasters 
to hand to SecretSLry foannes Nevius the promissory 
note of Abraham Pietersen Molenaar (miller), for 
350 fl. deposited with him as belonging to the 
estate oi foannes de Hulters children, so that it may 
be recorded in the register of orphans' property. 
Done as above. 

Courtmessenger Pieter Schabanck, ordered by the 
Orphanmasters to summon Nicolas Velthuysen to 
appear immediately, returning reports, said Vel- 
thuysen had said, he could not come, as he had in- 
jured his head in a fall. 

feems Brady and fosep Fouler, appearing before 
the board, institute an action against each other, 
whereupon feems Brady was ordered by the Orphan- 



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masters, to pay out of the estate of Tomas Tanikraft 
£2 stig. to Jan Tounsen" and then Jan Tounseti was 
directed to return to Josep Fouler all such goods, 
belonging to Fouler, as are in his hands. 

Jeems Brady and Jan Tounsen, administrators of 
the estate of Tomas Tanikraft and wife, both 
dec'd., are herewith ordered by the Orphanmasters, 
to appear before them as soon as possible, bringing 
with them a complete inventory of said estate. 

Court Messenger Pieter Schabanck, ordered by 
the Orphanmasters immediately to bring Reintje the 
skipper before them, returns reporting he could not 
find him. 

Jan Teunissen petitions for payment of the pigs, 
sold to Jacob Coppe dec'd. and is referred to the 
answer, given September 27 last. 

Gerrit Hendricksen, appearing before the Board, 
states that he intends to marry again and names the 
Hon''''' Pieter van Couwenhoven and Hendrick Hend- 
ricksen Obe as guardians of his three children, called 
Otte Gerrits, 13 years, Jan, 9 years, and Lysbet 
Gerrits, 6 years old. 

Commission of the said guardians. 

Whereas Ytje, wife of Gerrit Hendricksen, the 
present Farmer of the Weighscales, has died this 
year, leaving besides the widower, three minor 
children, named Otte, Jan and Lysbett Gerrits, 
whereas said Gerrit Hendricksen intending to marry 

" Formerly called Teunissen. 



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again and the Orphanmasters considering it neces- 
sary, that guardians should be appointed for the 
children of said Ytje dec'd., he has chosen the 
Hon'''^ Pieter van Couwenhoven and Hendrik Hen- 
dricksen Obe, Therefore the Orphanmasters herewith 
direct and authorize said guardians to take as soon 
as possible an inventory of the property, left by said 
Ytje dec'd., to agree with the widower on behalf of 
thechildrenfor a settlement of their maternal inherit- 
ance and report the same to this Board. 

Wednesday, November 5'\ 1659, at the City Hall 
present as before. 

Before the Board appeared Gerrit Hendricksen 
van Hardewyck, who was asked, why he has not 
delivered a statement of the estate, left by his de- 
ceased wife. He answers, he does not intend to 
give any information about it, saying " Give me 
money for my goods." Whereupon the Orphan- 
masters resolve, to report the matter to the Burgo- 
masters. 

Jeene Horn appears before the Board and asks for 
100 fl., which, zs, Herry Bresar ?,3,ys, Jan Hutsitson 
has bequeathed to her child. She was asked, 
whether she had witnesses and answers No, only 
Herry Bresar and his wife. Then the statement of 
Herry Bresar was communicated to her, in which 
he declares, that when Jan Hutsitson made his last 
will, the persons, who were around him, went out 
and left him, Bresar, alone with him, who said the 



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same to him and that he must bring other witnesses. 
The wife of Herry Bresar requests to have the 
money, which she has to claim from the estate of 
Jan Hutsitson, whereupon she is asked, why she 
does not demand it from Reintje. " What shall I 
do with Reintje" she says, "you have taken hold of 
the estate." She is told, the Orphanmasters are not 
willing, to pay her out of their own pockets. 

Timotheus Gabry, appearing before the Board, 
requests to be discharged from the administrator- 
ship of the estate of Jacob Coppe, as he shall not be 
here this winter. Considering this the Orphanmas- 
ters appoint in his place Jacob Vis. Said Gabry 
hands in [the bond], deposited with him, on behalf 
oi Joanna de Laat, widow oi Joannes de Hulter. 

The Board resolved, to give a power of attorney 
to Philip Pietersen Schuylaart^' to collect with 
Franfois Boon all the property, which said Joanna 
de Laat has at Fort Orange and neighbourhood and 
they are not to pay out any money to any body 
without the knowledge of the Orphanmasters. 

Commission oi Jacobus Vis. 

Whereas Timotheus Gabry and Isaack Kip have 
been appointed administrators of the estate, left by 
Jacob Coppe, and whereas Timotheus Gabry has 
given sufficient reasons, why he cannot act as such 
administrator and it becomes necessary to appoint 
somebody else in his place. Therefore the Orphan- 

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masters herewith elect and authorize Sieur Jacobus 
Vis, who is directed to make as soon as possible, 
with Isaack Kip, a complete inventory of the goods, 
effects, debts and credits, here in the place and else- 
where in this country, left by said Coppe at his 
death, and to report the same to the Board for 
further disposition. 

Done etc November 5, 1659. 

By order etc. 

Power of Attorney for Philipp Pietersen Schuy- 
laardt. 

Whereas Mrs. Joanna de Laat, widow of Joannes 
de Hulter, has again married and become the wife 
of S'leuY Jeronimus Ebbinck and has reported to this 
Orphans Chamber the inventory of the estate and 
property with the debts and credits, of which the 
largest items are entered as of Fort Orange and for 
the collection of which Frangois Boon has been 
empowered, who has all bonds and notes with 
everything pertaining to them, hypothecated to the 
Orphanmasters and whereas the Orphanmasters 
consider it their duty towards the minor children, 
left by said Joannes de Hulter, that they may have 
their paternal inheritance. Therefore they herewith 
constitute as their attorney Philipp Pietersen Schuyl- 
lardt with said Franpois Boon, giving full authority 
to demand and receive all debts on behalf of said 
children, to give acquittances and in case of opposi- 
tion or refusal to proceed in law, observing for this 
purpose all sessions of Court, receiving judgment 



of New A fnsferdam. 1 1 7 

and calling for execution, also if necessary to insist 
upon the attachment of the debtor's person and 
property, when the case makes it advisable etc etc. 
etc. Done Novbr. 5, 1659. 

Letter sent to Philipp Pietersen Schuylaard with 
the foregoing power of attorney. 

Amsterdam in N. N., November 24, 1659. 
To Sieur Philipp Pietersen Schuylaardt. 

Worthy, Discreet and Good Friend, Greeting. 

We have, as Orphanmasters of this City, for the 
children oi Joannes de Hulter dec'd., a mortgage on 
all the effects and debts, left by him, and as we are in 
duty bound, to receive as much as possible of what 
belongs to them, we have authorized you by the 
enclosed power of attorney, to demand and collect, 
with Frangois Boon, the attorney of Jomtnes de 
Hulter s widow, all outstanding debts and generally 
to take care of all the property left and in the hands 
of Frangois Boon, looking after all and that without 
your knowledge nothing is done by said Boon. 
Which doing you will oblige us, who remain 
Your affectionate friends 

The Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam. 
By order Joannes Nevius, Secr^. 

Thursday, November 13, 1659, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, 
Oloff Stevensen Cortlant, Burgomasters, Allard 
Anthony and Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift. 

Cornelis Aarzen and Jan van der Bill request. 



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that they with some other persons may be author- 
ized by the Worshipful Orphanmasters, to admin- 
ister upon the estate, left by Jacob Coppe dec'd., as 
their children are heirs of his property. It is 
ordered thereupon : The petition is granted and 
petitioners may administer upon said estate with the 
guardians, on condition of giving sufficient security. 

Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck appearing is 
asked by the Burgomasters, why he does not make 
an inventory of the property, left by his deceased 
wife, and he is ordered to make it on pain of impris- 
onment, but if he can agree with the guardians, he 
may do so, reporting to the Orphanmasters : which 
he promises to do. 

Nicolaes Velthuyzen comes before the Board and 
is informed by the Burgomasters, that great com- 
plaints are made against him by the Orphanmasters, 
because he does not present a statement and inven- 
tory of the estate, left by his deceased wife and be- 
cause there is a great difference between the inventory, 
made by Secretary Nevius and that, made by van 
Vleeck. He is therefore asked, where the goods 
are, mentioned in the inventory by Secretary 
Nevius; he says, they are still there. Further 
asked, where the goods are, of which a list was read 
to him, he answers, he has paid debts therewith!. 
Then he is ordered, to appear before the Orphan- 
masters to-morrow at 8 o. c. precisely, bringing with 
him his books, to satisfy the Board in the presence 
of the Schout. 



of New A ms terdam. 1 1 9 

Schout de Sille and Burgomasters Marten Cregier 
and Olof Stevenzen Cortlant leave the meeting. 

Before the Orphanmasters appeared Mrs. 
Catharyna Brull, widow of Anthony Rademan 
dec'd., who, as she intends to become the wife of 
Janjanzen dejongh, shows to the Board a testament, 
made by her and her deceased husband, before 
Notary Pieter de Bary and witnesses February 27, 
1654, first stating, that they, the testators, revoke 
and annul all former testaments, codicils, trusts and 
other last dispositions, hither-to made, and that con- 
sidering the conditions of their articles of marriage 
they dispose anew and institute as heirs of the 
deceased their child or children, on condition, that 
the survivor shall remain in possession of the whole 
estate, manage and administer upon it to the best 
advantage, bring up the children, let them learn, 
occasion offering, what would help them to go 
honestly through the world and when they came of 
age to establish them, as discretion shall allow, the 
costs of bringing up to be set off against the legiti- 
mate share and surplus in deduction of what is due 
from the paternal or maternal estate : all this with- 
out the survivor being directly or indirectly asked by 
anybody for an accounting, settlement and reliqua 
or statement and inventory, and marrying again the 
survivor is, before the ceremony, to choose two 
respectable and well-to-do persons from among 
friends or others as guardians of the children, giving 
them a complete statement and inventory of the 



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whole estate, which the survivor shall verify as true 
and correct by signing it without being compelled to 
confirm it under oath. The survivor is to make 
with the guardians a proper division of all the shares 
and this being done the guardianship of said persons 
shall be at an end, the survivor alone remaining 
guardian. For this purpose testators exclude the 
Orphanschamber of the City of Amsterdam in 
Europe and all others, no matter, who of the two 
should die first, also not requiring to advertise, 
in case of remarriage, the estate in part or in the 
whole. 

After said testament had been read to the Orphan- 
masters, said Catharina de Brull was informed, that 
she had nothing to do with this Chamber, it being 
excluded, whereupon she left. 

Janjanzen dejongh, widower of Cornelia van Vloet 
dec'd., intending to marry Mrs. Catharina Brull, 
shows a testament, made by him and his late wife 
before Notary Dirck van Schelluyne and witnesses 
October 31, 1655, containing the last will of both as 
follows : they first revoke and annul all former testa- 
ments, last wills etc, made by them either singly or 
jointly, especially the testament, made before said 
Notary and witnesses May 13, 1653, wherein they 
name and institute as heir, as they have no child, the 
survivor of them both, to have all property, real and 
personal, stocks, credits, money, gold, silver, coined 
or not coined, jewels, clothing, linnen or woollen, 
household goods and others, including legacies and 



, of New Amsterdam. 121 

bequests, either already received by testators from 
their parents or collateral relatives or to be received 
from intestates or under a testament during the life 
of the first one of them dying, nothing in the world 
excepted or reserved, as well here in the country, as 
in Holland, Brabant, the Manor of Bos, the Barony 
of Breda or elsewhere, to have all forever, use it as 
inherited property and do therewith as is done with 
own, free property, without anybody's interference, 
they, testators, promising each other never to act 
against or change this, their last will. 

Said testament having been read, the Orphan- 
masters declare, that said Jan Jansen de Jongh has 
nothing to do with this Chamber, but when saidy«;« 
took his leave, the Board decided, to deliberate on 
the testament to-morrow and consult the Schout. 

Friday, November 14''', 1659, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Nicasius de Sille, Allard Anthony, 
Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift and Joannes de 
Peister. 

Before the Board appears Reintje Pieters van 
Bolsart. As he has no beavers to pay for the work 
on the yacht, built for him hy Jan Hutsitson, he 
offers to Herry Bresar for his claim against the 
estate of said Hutsitson payment in linnen, which 
having been proposed to Bresar's wife, who was 
present, and she having been asked, whether she 
was satisfied with it, she answers, her husband being 
away from home she could not take that upon her- 



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self, making many words and saying among others, 
the Orphanmasters had wronged her and other 
improper things. 

The Officer was authorized and directed, to keep 
Nicolaes Velthuysen a prisoner in his own house and 
have him guarded by the Court Messenger. 

Reintje Pieters van Bolsart re-entering has made 
an agreement with the Orphanmasters concerning 
the 904 fl. in beavers, amounting to 113 beavers, 
which are to be paid in wampum at 1 2 fl. the beaver. 
He promises to pay 500 fl. within eight days, keeping 
the balance for a while yet, for which he will give 
sufficient bail. 

Nicolaes Velthuyzen appearing, the inventory of the 
property, left by his deceased wife and surrendered by 
him, as made by Secretary Nevius in the presence of 
S\G:ur Isaack de Foreest SiWdTimotkeus Gabry, is shown 
to him and he says, there was not so much wampum 
as stated, that he has bought linnen for the pieces of 
f " after his wife's death and expended the beavers for 
house rent to the widow of Goodman Herck and he 
delivers his account books to the Board, as ordered 
yesterday. Asked whether he has not more books, 
he answers No. At the request of the Schout and 
the Orphanmasters the Worshipful Burgomasters 
Olof Stevenzen and Marten Cregier came, who were 
told, that Nicolas Velthuyzen had brought his books 
and being asked, what should be done with them, 
they decided after mature consideration, to put the 

" A piece of f was equal to 12^ cents. 



of New Ainsterdam. 123 

same into the hands of Notary Mattheus de Vos, who 
is to draw from the books a correct statement of the 
estate, examining for this purpose all bills and 
accounts, for which labour he is to be paid. 

Order of Authorization for Mattheus de Vos. 

Herewith Notary Mattheus de Vos is authorized 
by the Orphanmasters of this City to examine the 
books and accounts of Nicolaas Velthuysen, to draw 
out from them a statement of all the debts and 
credits entered by said Velthuysen, that is until 
April 2 2"^ of this year, and not since that date, as 
well as of the debts, paid in full or in part by 
Velthuysen after April 22. He is to do this as soon 
as possible. Done etc. Novbr. 14, 1659. 

By order etc. 

Jeene Horn appearing before the Board requests, 
as before, to have the money, left to her children by 
the last will of Jan Hutsitson. She says, she can 
prove it and is ordered, to come again next week. 

To-day, November 19, 1659, Pieter van Couven- 
hoven and Hendrick Obe, by the Orphanmasters of 
this City elected guardians of the children oi Jetje 
Jans dec'd., parties of the first part, and Gerrit 
Hendricksen van Harderwyck, father of said children, 
party of the second part, have agreed about the 
purchase by said Gerrit of the property, inherited 
by the children from their mother, to-wit, said Gerrit 
Hendricksen shall pay, which he promises to do, to 
his said children, when they come of age to marry, 



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the sum of 650 fl., that is to Otto Gerritsen 200 fl., to 
Jan Gerritsen, because of his infirmities, 250 fl. and 
to Lysbet Gerrits 200 fl., and not more, all in good 
merchantable wampum, he remaining in possession 
of the whole estate, left by said Ytje Jans at her 
death and giving as security for the before men- 
tioned payments his house and lot, as more fully 
appears by the mortgage, executed before Secretary 
Joannes Nevius and witnesses on the date, as above. 

Thursday, November 27, 1659, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. A Hard Anthony and Paulus Leender- 
zen van der Grift. 

Reintje Pieters van Bolsart entering shows the 
accounts of several people, to whom he has paid for 
some things for the yacht, which Jan Hutsitson 
dec'd. should have furnished, as he did not wish to 
expend anything on the yacht, but had agreed on 
building it under such conditions and delivered it bare. 
He is asked, whether he had made a written con- 
tract with Jan Hutsitson for the plan of the yacht, and 
answers No, he himself wanted to do it, but Hutsit- 
son was opposed to it saying : " We have done other 
business together." Whereas they trusted each other 
and whereas no written evidence of a contract for 
building the yacht is produced, the Orphanmasters 
made the following agreement with Reintje Pieters: 

To-day, November 27, 1659, appeared before the 
Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam in N. N. 
Reintje Pieters van Bolsaart, skipper, who, — having 



of New Amsterdu'in. 1 2 5 

bound himself by an obligation, executed before 
Secretary Joannes Nevius and witnesses by his 
partner, Lauwerens Lauwerensen, Novbr. 12, 1658, 
to pay to the administrators of the estate of Jan 
Hutsitson dec'd., appointed by the Orphanmasters, 
for enlarging the yacht, now used by him and built 
for him by said Hutsitson, on condition of receiving 
compensation, if any further expenditures had to be 
made for the yacht above what was orally agreed 
upon with Hutsitson, as he says, — agrees as follows, 
to-wit : the pay for enlarging said yacht shall be set 
off against the charges, which he has paid and still 
has to pay. He shall besides be and he is, for 
reasons, discharged by the Orphanmasters from the 
payment of two beavers, so that he owes on the 
aforesaid obligation of Novbr. 12, 1658, a balance 
only of 70 beavers, which he promises to pay in six 
months from date with 10 p. c. interest until its full 
payment, giving as security two notes to his order, 
made by Pieter Bronck of Fort Orange, of which one 
for 60 beavers has no date, but is numbered N° i 
and has fallen due in June, 1658, the other of 64 
beavers is dated September 8, 1657, and had also 
fallen due in June, 1658, being numbered on the 
back N° 2 : so that in default of his paying the 
money may be recovered without loss or expense 
from these notes. He further binds his person and 
property, real and personal, present and future, 
nothing excepted, submitting the same to all courts, 
judges and laws. In witness whereof has said 



126 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Reintje Pieters signed the original of this copy on 
the date, as above at Amsterdam in N. N. It was 

signed : This is the mark JjC^ of Reintje Pieters 

van Bolsart, made by himself. Below stood : In my 
presence Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

On the 28"" of November, 1659, Reintje Pieters 
van Bolsaart has deposited in the Orphans Court 
the two above described obligations for the payment 
of said sum. 

Authorization. 

Whereas Cornelis Her per sen Jager (huntsman) 
has died at the house of Hans Stein on the iS"* of 
December, leaving some property here, therefore 
the Orphanmasters of this City herewith appoint 
and authorize Sieur _/aco6us Backer and Hans Stein 
to make, in the presence of Schepen Hendrick 
Jansen van der Vin, an inventory of said property 
and report it to this Board. Done etc December 22, 
1659. By order etc. 

To-day, December 31, 1659, Schepen Pieter van 
Couwenhoven and Adriaan Vincent, by the Orphan- 
masters appointed guardians of the minor child of 
Margriet Crommete, parties of the first part, and 
Jan de Pre, father of said child, party of the second 
part, have made an agreement concerning the settle- 
ment upon said child of the maternal estate, to-wit : 
saidyia;;? de Pre shall pay to the child, as he promises 
to do, when of age or about to marry, the sum of 



of New A ms terdam. 127 

200 fl. current wampum and no more, remaining in 
the sole possession of the property, left by said 
Margriet at her death, and giving as security for the 
payment as above his house and lot, as more fully 
appears by the deed, executed before Secretary 
Joannes Nevius and witnesses this day. 

Friday, January 30, 1660, at the City Hall present 
Orphanmasters Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen 
van der Grift and Joannes de Peister. 

The Board decided, that if Herry Bresar will not 
accept the payment in wampum for what claim he 
has against the estate oi Jan Hutsitson dec'd., the 
wampum shall remain at his charge in deposit at the 
Secretary's office. 

As the wife of Herry Bresar is dissatisfied with 
the offer of the Orphanmasters, concerning the pay- 
ment of goods, received from Reintje Pieters van 
Bolsaart, saying, she loses thereby one third, the 
Orphanmasters decide to pay her the balance in 
wampum. 

Herry Bresar entering, he is offered the wampum 
in payment of his claim against the estate of Jan 
Hutsitson, and answers, he will not take wampum. 
Again asked whether he will accept the wampum, he 
repeats he will not have it, but considering he says, 
he will take it, provided his wife may count it. 
This was granted, but it shall be done at a conveni- 
ent time in presence of Secretary Nevius at the City 
Hall. 



128 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Jacobus Backer and Hans Stein, as creditors of the 
estate of Cornelis Herpersen Jager authorized to 
make an inventory of said estate in presence of 
Schepen Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, appear be- 
fore the Board and produce the inventory : as 
therein is mentioned a barrel of brandy in the Ware- 
house of the Company, belonging to said Cornelis 
Herpersen Jager, and as Nicolaas Verlett claims it 
as preferred creditor, they contend, that it belongs 
to the general mass for the benefit of all creditors 
and therefore will go to law with him, for he is not a 
preferred creditor, but must come in concurrence 
with the others according to an extract from Jager s 
account books, showing his debts. 

Hans Stein excusing himself by his vocation and 
saying, he has not the time to assist in bringing into 
order the estate, the Orphanmasters appoint in his 
place as administrator with Jacobus Backer Timo- 
theus Gabry by the following document : 

Whereas Cornelis Herpersen Jager died at the 
house of Hans Stein December i8, 1659, leaving 
some property, of which an inventory has been made 
hy Jacobus Backer and Hans Stein in presence of Sche- 
pen Hendrick Jansen van der Vin according to order, 
which was shown by them to this Board, and whereas 
the Orphanmasters consider it necessary, that ad- 
ministrators of said estate should be appointed, to pay 
the funeral expenses and other creditors and enable 
the heirs to receive, what belongs to them. There- 
fore their Worships appoint as such administrators 



of New Amsterdam. 129 

Messrs. Timotheus Gabry and Jacobus Backer, who 
are to clear said estate and give the proof thereof to 
this Board. 

Done at Amsterdam in N. N. in meeting of the 
Orphanmasters, January 30, 1660. Below stood: 
By order of the Orphanmasters and it was signed : 
Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

Lauwerens Andriesen appearing declares, not to 
have received more from the estate, left by Cristiaen 
Bar ens dec'd, his wife's former husband, than 574 fl. 
from Salomon Hansen. He also says, that there are 
still outstanding at the South about 13 or 14 hun- 
dred florins, heavy money at the rate of 10 beads of 
wampum for one stuyver", and shows an account of 
the estate with what it owes and what is due to it. 
The Orphanmasters reply, that a copy of the ac- 
count shall be made by Secretary Nevius and the 
original shall be returned to him : they further 
order him, to bring to the next session the statement 
and inventory, shown to the Director General and 
Council, with their marginal order thereon. 

The Orphanmasters have resolved, to order Ger- 
rit Hendricksen and Jan de Pre to execute mort- 
gages on their houses to secure the settlement upon 
their children of their resp. maternal estates. 

On the 6"' of February, 1660, Secretary Nevius 
paid to the wife of Herry Bresar the following sums 
in wampum, in deduction of their claim against the 

" The usual rate was 6 white beads or 4 black ones for a stuy ver equal to 
2 cents. 



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estate ol Jan Hutsitson dec'd. and she acknowledged 
the receipts thereof by her signature : 



One 


box 


with 


fl. 


49.04 


One 


box 


with 


fl. 


49.16 


One 


do 


(< 


ti 


65- 


10 


a 


ti 


a 


t( 


54.18 


One 


do 


a 


a 


50. 


03 


a 


(< 


it 


it 


27.05 


One 


do 


II 


a 


44. 


16 


loose 


wampum 


it 


9-05 




fl. 


209. 


13 


fl. 


141.4 



fl. 350-17 

Tuesday, February 28, 1660, at the City Hall 
present Orphanmasters Paulus Leenderzen van der 
Grift dind Joannes de Peister. 

The Board has received the following order : 
Whereas Nicolaas Langevelthuysen has removed 
and fled from here and whereas the Officer and the 
Orphanmasters of the City have seized some of his 
goods, and brought them to this City Hall, where they 
were attached by them and the creditors, while the 
goods at his house are guarded by order of the 
Court at great expense to the detriment of the 
creditors, Therefore Burgomasters and Schepens, to 
prevent further loss, direct and authorize herewith 
Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift and Joan- 
nes de Peister, Orphanmasters of this City, to sell 
said attached goods as soon as possible for the bene- 
fit of the creditors and the payment of the mises of 
justice, giving the proceeds of the sale in consign- 
ment of the Secretary and the Court disposing 



of New A msterdam. 1 3 1 

thereof hereafter. Done at Amsterdam in N. N. 
February 24, 1660. 

By order of Burgomasters and Schepens 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

The Orphanmasters disposed of the matter as 
may be seen by the following remonstrance : 

To the Honourable, Worshipful Burgomasters of 
the City of Amsterdam in N. N. 

Worshipful Sirs 

We, the Orphanmasters of this City, most respect- 
fully show, that they received by the Court Mes- 
senger an order, dated February 24, 1660, concerning 
the property, left by the absconder Nicolaas Lange- 
velthuysen, whereby they are directed, to bring the 
proceeds of a sale of the property in consignment to 
the Secretary of this City, so that your Honours 
may dispose of them. Whereas we as Orphan- 
masters think, that this is a case, pertaining only to 
the Orphans Court, and that we cannot be appointed 
administrators, the more so as we have already 
acted in this case concerning the guardianship over 
the minor children, therefore we request, that your 
Honours will please, to leave the matter absolutely 
in our hands, as it concerns us as Orphanmasters, or 
if not, to take charge of it yourselves and care for 
the children. Whereupon relying we remain 
Your Honours subjects 
The Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam 
By their order Joannes Nevius Secr^ 
Done at Amsterdam in N. N. February 28, 1660. 



132 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

The following order was written on the margin of 
the foregoing : 

Burgomasters and Schepens authorize the Orphan- 
masters, to sell the property of Nicolaas Langevel- 
thuysen as soon as possible and to keep the proceeds 
at the Orphans Court until further order from this 
Board. Done etc. March 2, 1660. 

By order etc. 

Thursday, March 4, 1660, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Orphanmasters Olof Stevenzen Cortlant and 
Joannes de Peister. 

"Having received authority from Burgomasters 
and Schepens, dated March 2^ last, to sell as soon 
as possible the property of the absconder Nicolaas 
Langevelthuysen, the Orphanmasters herewith au- 
thorize and direct Sieurs Pieter Rudolphus and 
Tielman van Vleeck, as administrators, to sell said 
property, regulate the estate of said Langevelthuysen 
and bring the proceeds of the sale to this Board. 
Secretary Nevius is ordered to give them the proper 
commission. 

On the 15"* of April, 1660, appeared before me, 
Joannes Nevius, Secretary of the Orphans Chamber 
of the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland, 
Pieter Jansen Witt, who in the presence of Hen- 
drick Willemsen, baker, and Jan Jansen van Breeste 
produced a petition, presented to the Director 
General and Council of N. N. August 25, 1658, 



of New Amsterdam. 133 

wherein he reports the death of his wife, who left 
him four children, and his intention to marry again, 
as well, following the customs and manners of the 
country, the property, found after his wife's death, 
amounting to 3200 fl., the florin at 20 stuyvers, of 
which said childrens share or half is 1600 fl. He 
declares on his conscience, that there is no more 
and that no more would be found by impartial men, 
and takes as guardians and administrators to take 
care of the property, so that the said children may 
not be harmed in their interests, Hendrick Willem- 
sen, the baker, and Jan Jansen van Breeste, binding 
for the aforesaid children's share of 1600 fl. his per- 
son and property to secure this sum for the benefit 
of the children here at the Manhattans with the 
knowledge of said guardians as soon as possible, to 
be ratified by the Director General and Council, if 
they approve it. The following marginal order was 
written on said petition : Director General and 
Council consider this request just and hereby author- 
ize and direct the Orphanmasters of this City, to 
give such orders in this matter, as they shall think 
proper. Done at Fort Amsterdam in N. N., April 
12, 1660. Below stood : 

By Order etc C. van Ruyven, Secretary. 

Before me, Joannes Nevius, Secretary of the 
Orphans Court of Amsterdam in N. N. and before 
the underscribed witnesses appeared Pieter Jansen 
Witt, who declared that, as he intends to marry 



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again, he deposits as the share of the maternal in- 
heritance of his four children by his deceased wife 
Dorethe Volckers the sum of 1600 fl., at 20 st. the 
florin, in wampum, which he states is the just half of 
the goods and property left by his wife at her death. 
He also promises to secure this money here at the 
Manhattans for the children's benefit as soon as 
possible with the knowledge of Hendrick Willem- 
sen, baker, and Jan Jansen van Brestee, elected by 
him as guardians and approved by the Orphan- 
masters, further to bring up said children, until they 
are of age or marry, to board and clothe them and 
do all for them, that an honest father is bound to 
do, for which he places his person and property, 
movable and immovable, present and future, noth- 
ing excepted, at the disposal of all courts and laws. 
In witness whereof he has signed these presents 
before Rut Jacobsen and Claas van Elslant senior, as 
credible witnesses called in, at Amsterdam in N. N,, 
April 15, 1660. 

PiETER Jansen Wit. 

RuTGER Jacobsen. 

Claes van Elslant the elder. 

Thursday, April 29, 1660, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift and 
Olof Stevenzen Cortlant. 

Before the Board appeared Cornelis Aarzen, who 
requested that the settlement of the estate ol Jacob 
Coppe dec'd. may go on, whereupon Jacobus Vis and 



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Isaack Kip were called in, who upon the question, 
how it stands with said estate, answered, they had 
given papers to Jan Gillissen Koeck, to collect 
money, but had so far received no returns : they 
produce some writings concerning the estate and 
Jacobus Vis requests to be discharged from acting as 
administrator. The Orphanmasters direct, that an 
order be sent to Jan van der Bill to appear before 
the Board next Thursday, that is in eight days ; the 
order reads as follows : Jan van der Bill is hereby 
ordered by the Orphanmasters, to appear before 
them a week from to-day, Thursday, and bring with 
him the inventory of the estate oi Jacob Coppe dec'd., 
stating what cattle, lands and other goods he has 
left. Done etc. April 29, 1660. By order etc. 

Commission ior Jacobus Vis and Isaack Kip. 

The Orphanmasters of this City herewith authorize 
Jacobus Vis and Isaack Kip to take a copy of the inven- 
tory of the estate, left by Andreas Hoppe at his death, 
to settle upon the children their paternal inheritance. 

Mattheus de Vos comes in bringing the books of 
Nicolaas Velthuysen, which had been given him by 
Secretary Nevius. They were turned over to 
Notary Tielman van Vleeck, with Pieter Rudolf us 
administrator of Velthuysen s property and the case 
was recommanded to them. 

Friday, May 7, 1660, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift and Oloj 
Stevenzen Cortlant. 



136 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Before the Board appeared yia;;? van der Bilt axiA 
Cornelis Aarzen, parents of the children, named as 
his heirs by Jacob Coppe deed, in the testament, 
executed before Notary Dirck van Schelluyne and 
witnesses. Said Jan van der Bilt declares, that he 
undertakes to pay for his child, Merritje Jans, and 
for the child of Cornelis Aarsen, called Lysbet 
Cornelis, the sum of 700 fl. in wampum, or for each 
350 fl., out of the property, left by Jacob Coppe in 
goods, lands and otherwise, including the charges on 
his farm, to-wit 30 fl., still due to Tousein Bryeel for 
the land ; he binds as security for the payment of 
said 700 fi. to the Orphans Court here said farm and 
cattle and generally his person and property, real 
and personal, present and future, nothing excepted, 
subject to all courts and laws. 

Hans Carelsen states to the Board, that he has 
bought of Jacob Coppe dec'd. a yacht for 750 fl. half 
in beavers and half in wampum, which he has paid 
to Geertje Hoppe, from whom he has an acquittance, 
showing he has given her 50 beavers and 400 fl. in 
wampum. He says, the remainder of the half in 
beavers is figured at 10 fl."" the beaver. 

Isaack Kip appearing is informed of the agreement 
and offer, made hy Jan van der Bilt to the Orphan- 
masters. 

Jan Rutgersen is spoken to about his bill and 
told, what items might be considered funeral ex- 
penses. 

'" The oflScial rate for a beaver was 8 fl. or $3.20. 



of New Amsterdam. 137 

Friday, May 23, 1660, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Paulus Leendezen van der Grift and Olof 
Stevenzen Cortlant. 

Isaack Kip produces before the Board the inven- 
tory of the estate left by Andrees Hoppe dec'd. and 
after examining it the Orphanmasters order him, to 
extract from it a list of items concerning the estate 
oi Jacob Coppe dec'd. 

Before the Board appeared Willem Cornelissen, 
called the Rich Bachelor" who produced a power 
of attorney from the widow of Bartelt Barteltsen 
dec'd., called Styntje Pieters de Meestres (the 
mistress), executed before Notary Hendrick Schaaf 
and witnesses December 17, 1659, authorizing him 
to collect for her behoof all such property, as 
her husband has left here at his death. Abraham 
de la Noy and Anthony de Milt appearing are 
informed, that somebody has come from the 
Fatherland, who has power of attorney from the 
widow of Bartelt Barteltsen, to collect his property 
here. Said de la Noy and de Milt reply, that they 
have also received a letter from the widow and that 
they will turn over to the Orphans Chamber at the 
next meeting their accounts and reliqua : they re- 
quest to be discharged from their administration 
and on leaving they are told, to have their accounts 
ready by next Friday. Willem Cornelissen re-enter- 
ing is told, that the accounts will be ready in a week 
and that he will have to come again then. He re- 

'' Vrver, wooer, suitor. 



138 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

quests quicker expedition, as he is going South by 
the first chance and his goods are shipped already. 
Before us, the underwritten Orphanmasters of the 
City of Amsterdam in N. N., appeared Geertje 
Hendricks, widow of Andrees Hoppe dec'd., who 
stated, that she would give to her children, Catrina, 
Wilhelmus, Hendrick, Matthys and Adolf Hoppe, as 
their share of their father's estate the sum of 1000 fl. 
or 200 fl. to each child at once and not more, when 
they came of age or married, according to the agree- 
ment, made with the chosen guardians Cornells 
Aarssen and Lambert Huybersen Mol and executed 
before Notary Mattheus de Vos and witnesses 
March 6, 1659. As security for the payment of 
this sum she gives a special mortgage on her house 
and lot on the Eastside of the Heeren Straat 
(Broadway), bounded . . . (not finished in the 
original). 

Wednesday, June 2, 1660, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift and 
Olof Stevenzen Cortlant. 

Before the Board appeared Sieur Abraham de la 
Noy and Anthony de Milt, who hand to the Orphan- 
masters the accounts and money from their adminis- 
tration of the estate, left by Bartelt Barteltsen 
dec'd. After examination thereof the Board finds 
the accounts correct and well made and thanking 
them for their labours they give a receipt for the 
proceeds of the goods sold and papers relating to 



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the estate. Willem Cornelissen, called the Rich 
Bachelor, also appearing, hands in the papers con- 
cerning his power of attorney from the widow of 
said Bartelt Barteltsen, after examining which the 
Orphanmasters find, that it gives no power, to de- 
mand and receive from the before named adminis- 
trators the proceeds of the goods sold, as a letter, 
written by said widow to the administrators, proves 
that power has also been given to the W-OV^"^" Joannes 
de Decker for the same goods and it is ordered, to put 
the money into the Orphans Court until his arrival. 

Isaack Kip shows to the Board a list of items, 
extracted from the inventory, made by the widow 
and guardians of the children of Jacob Coppe dec'd., 
of his estate. 

Reinout Rei'mutsen and G err it Fullewever, guard- 
ians of the Ciiild of Cornelis Jansen Clopper, re- 
quest, that the settlement of the estate might be 
closed, as the money for the goods has not yet all 
come in : whereupon it was promised to them, that 
care should be taken and the Secretary as Vendu- 
master was directed to draw up a list of the debtors 
for goods purchased and to give the same to Claas 
van Elslant for collection knd to report to the 
Orphanmasters the names of those, who do not pay. 

Friday, June 18, 1660, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift and Olof 
Stevensen Cortlant. 

Before the Board appeared Geertje Hendricks, 



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widow of Andrees Hoppe dec'd., who on being asked, 
how matters stood between her and Jacob Coppe 
dec'd., answers confusedly, saying that she has been 
above " and has spoken to some of the debtors for 
payment : some of them said, they had paid. Asked 
about the grindstones, she says, they are almost all 
sold. As to the bearskins she says, she has divided 
them with Beletje. Then asked, how it is about the 
yacht, she answers, she has received up to 500 fl. 
and concerning the horse she says, it does not con- 
cern yat^^J Coppe dec'd. She further states, that at 
the settling of accounts with Coppe, she remained in 
his debts for 14 beavers, and that 250 fl. in wampum 
and 6 beavers are secured on the estate of said 
Coppe. She promises to deliver next week a written 
statement of what she owes the estate and of what 
she has to claim from it. 

I, the undersigned Willem Cornelissen, attorney 
for Styntje Pieters Meestres, the widow of Bartelt 
Barteltsen, who died here, [have received out of the 
hands"] of the administrators of the estate of said 
Barteltsen, appointed by the Orphanmasters of this 
City, all they have done and accomplished, which 
they have turned over to me at the Orphans Cham- 
ber of the City of Amsterdam in N. N. in wampum 
and beavers with all the papers, concerning said 
estate, thanking their Honours, the Orphanmasters, 

''^ Fort Orange, etc. 

"^^ Marginal note in pencil, apparently written at a later date. 



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and said administrators for all they have done to- 
wards settling the estate and herewith promising to 
guard them against all future claims, which might be 
made, for that purpose binding myself and property, 
real and personal, present and future, nothing ex- 
cepted, and placing all at the disposition of all 
courts and laws. In witness whereof I have signed 
this at Amsterdam in N. N. in the presence of the 
Orphanmasters June 2, i65o. (No signature,) 

Friday, August 6, 1660, present at the City Hall 
Messrs. Paulus Lender zen van der Grift, Olof 
Stevenzen Cortlant and foannes de Peister. 

Before the Board appeared yix^^^J Vis and Isaack 
Kip, who were told, that Geertje Hoppe had delivered 
a statement concerning the goods, which she had in 
partnership with facob Coppe dec'd. and otherwise, 
but it was not intelligible. Geertje Hoppe coming 
in was spoken to about items in her statement and 
being examined she declares as follows : She has 
received from Hans Carelsen for the yacht, sold to 
him by facob Coppe, the sum of 300 fl. and 24 
beavers, of which one-half belonged to her ; she had 
given to facob Coppe, when he went to Fort Orange, 
for her own private account 100 fl., to buy beavers 
with it for her : facob Coppe had also taken along 
four ankers of brandy, at four beavers the anker, for 
their joint account, but she did not know, what had 
become of the brandy. Then she says, Meindert the 
smith at Fort Orange has it, who also must have a 



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parcel of stockings and shoes and six grindstones, 
costing nine beavers, although in the inventory they 
are put down at six beavers : further there is due at 
Fort Orange from one and the other for their joint 
account, one-half belonging to Coppe, the other 
to her, to wit from Arent van Curlaar 3| beavers, 
from the brickmaker 36 fl. in wampum and a beaver, 
from Vos 3^ beavers, from the wives of two men 3 
beavers ; she says, Jacob Coppe was to receive from 
her 14 beavers, of which he has had eight, six from 
her and two for her from Symon Jansen Romeyn and 
Symon Jansen has paid for her to Jacob Coppe 50 fl., 
which was received by Jan van der Bilt and were 
for joint account : Willem Pietersen de Groot has in 
his keeping an elkhide, belonging to both of them, 
and Jacob Coppe claims 60 fl. surgeon's fees for his 
finger, including expenses and trouble. She was 
asked, what had become of the 13 bearskins, 6 elk- 
hides and 170 deerskins, sent to Holland : she an- 
swers, she had not sent any deerskins to Holland, 
only the bearskins and elkhides, but in partnership 
with Cornells Aarsen. Asked, how much she had 
received for them, she says, she does not know, but 
later admits four beavers. About the horse she 
says, that her husband had bought it for her with 
linnen and that it does not concern Jacob Coppe. 
The Orphanmasters direct, that Cornells Aarzen and 
wife, Geertje Hendricks, Jacobus Vis and Isaack Kip 
shall be summoned for next Monday. 

Before the Board came Pieter Rudolfus and 



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Tielman van Vleck, administrators of the insolvent 
estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen, and produced the 
account books and the balance sheet, drawn up from 
them. The Orphanmasters decide, to select some 
of the principal creditors, summon them and then 
discuss with them their accounts and claims. 

Monday, August 9, 1660, at the City Hall present 
(as above, except de Peyster). 

The Wo'o!''"' Joannes de Decker, Councillor of N. 
N., comes before the Board and produces a power 
of attorney from Styntje Pieters, widow of Bartelt 
Barteltsen, master mason, dec'd., executed before 
Notary Hendrick Schaafdind witnesses, December 19, 
1659, which having been read by the Secretary, the 
Orphanmasters request copy thereof and said de 
Decker granted it, leaving the document for that 
purpose with the Board, who promised, to turn over 
to him everything pertaining to the estate next 
Friday. 

Jacobus Vis and Isaack Kip, administrators of the 
estate of Jacob Coppe dec'd., came with Cornelis 
Aarsen and wife, Jan van der Bilt and Geertje 
Hendricks. Some items in the inventory of the goods, 
left by her late husband and Jacob Coppe dec'd., were 
read to her, to state, what had become of them, in 
the first place, what had been done with the box with 
77 fl. 7. in wampum. She says, it was only the box, 
come for the deerskins, which she had divided with 
Jacob Coppe dec'd. Cornelis Aarsen and Jan van der 



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Bill were asked, whether they knew anything about 
it and said No. Geertje Hendricks admits having 
received for the yacht, sold by Jacob Coppe to Hans 
Carelsen, 300 fl. and 24 beavers, among them some 
rags and trifles, belonging to her, of which one half 
belonged to Jacob Coppe. Cornelis Aarsen and Jan 
van der Bilt state, they know nothing of the 100 fl., 
which Geertje Hendricks says, Jacob Coppe had taken 
for her own account to Fort Orange for the purchase 
of beavers : as to the 50 fl., received hy Jan van der 
Bilt, he says, he knows nothing of them. The horse, 
Geertje says, concerns her alone, which . Cornetis 
Aarsen and Jan van der Bilt deny, saying one half 
of it belongs to Coppe, as Thomas Hal and Lambert 
Huybertsen {Mot) know : they are ordered, to call 
them. 

The administrators of the estate of Andrees Hoppe 
dec'd. appearing say, they have learned, that Jacob 
Coppe has to receive from Tomas Swartwout 99 
planks and that Master Paulus van der Beeck had 
gone to Swartwoufs, to ask for the delivery of the 
planks ; thereupon Swartwout answered : " That is 
none of your business, that concerns only Jacob 
Coppe." Thomas Hall and Lambert Huybersen Moll 
coming are asked, what they know about the horse 
and by whom it was bought. They say : by Andrees 
Hoppe and Lambert, on being asked for his knowl- 
edge, whether the horse concerns yij!^^*^ Coppe, says, 
he had heard, Jacob was part-owner. Skipper Jacob 
Jansen Staats appearing is asked about the bearskins 



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and elkhides, shipped with him hy Jacob Coppe. He 
says, he has made his accounting for them to 
Cornelis Aarsen and Geertje Hendricks and has 
given each 18 fl., as the proceeds therefrom. 

Jacob Vis, Isaac k Kip, Cornelis Aarsen and Jan 
van der Bilt are informed of the statement, made to 
the Orphanmasters by Geertje Hendricks and are 
asked, whether they will believe her on her word or 
whether she shall confirm her declaration under 
oath. They say, they leave that to the Orphan- 
masters and it was resolved, to give Geertje time for 
consideration and to make her swear to her state- 
ment. Geertje Hendricks says, she has settled on her 
children 1000 fl. and promising to pay them in beavers, 
she requests, that it shall be recorded. Claas Bordingh 
and Pieter Jacobsen Mariuswe.re asked by the Board, 
how it stood with the estate of Lauwerens Jansen. 
They said, badly, and were directed, to furnish a list 
of the debtors, so that they might be summoned. 

Geertje Hendricks, widow of Andrees Hoppe dec'd., 
coming before the Board again, declared, that she 
had given Jacob Coppe, 100 fl. in wampum, to be 
exchanged for beavers at Fort Orange and that on 
the 14 beavers, which she ov^ed Jacob Coppe, she had 
paid herself six beavers, and through Symon Jansen 
two ; also that the horse, sold to Thomas Hall for 
300 lbs. of tobacco, concerned her alone : that the 
box with ']'] fl. in wampum was divided by her with 
Jacob Coppe in the presence of Symon Jansen, as well 
as the money for the 1 70 deerskins : as to the 50 fll., 



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mentioned in the inventory, she has paid them to 
Jacob Coppe by Symon Jansen and she has divided the 
money for the 13 bearskins and 6 elkhides, shipped 
hy Jacob Coppe to Holland with. Jacob Jansen Staats 
with Cornelis Aarsen : she received from Hans Carel- 
sen, for the yacht sold to him hy Jacob Coppe, 300 fi. 
and 24 beavers. She is asked, whether she will con- 
firm the foregoing statement by an oath and answers 
No, whereupon she is ordered by the Orphan- 
masters, to prove her declarations by next Monday, 
the 16* of August, or by default swear to them. 

To the Honourable, Worshipful Burgomasters of 
the City of Amsterdam in N. N. 

Respectfully show the Orphanmasters of the City, 
that frequently there are brought before them the 
estates of deceased persons and others, for the settle- 
ment of which we have to appoint administrators 
and whereas these often have their own business, 
but nevertheless do their best to settle the estates, 
while they receive nothing for their work and such 
men are paid in the Fatherland the fortieth penny, 
therefore some reward ought to be given them for 
their labours and we request, your Honours will 
please to authorize us, to make them the same 
allowance or as much, as you may consider fair. 
Awaiting hereupon your favorable answer we remain 
Your Honours' affectionate friends 
The Orphanmasters of this City 

Amsterdam in N. N. August 10, 1660. 

By their Order : Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 



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Marginal reply: The Orphanmasters are hereby 
authorized, to allow administrators one stiver of 
each florin or as much, as fairness admits. Amster- 
dam in N. N. Aug. 11, 1660. By Order of the 
Burgomasters y(7««;«^j- Nevius, Secretary. 

Friday, August 13, 1660, at the City Hall present 
as before. 

Reintje Pieters van Bolsart appearing before the 
Board is asked, whether he has the means to pay, and 
says No, offering to pay the beavers in wampum at 
beaver price. Asked, how many beavers he can pay, 
he says, Pieter Bronck has promised to give him 20 
beavers and he intends to go up the river, which the 
Orphanmasters allowed him to do, recommending him 
to bring as many beavers, as he can and to pay the 
balance in wampum at beaver price, as now going. 

Abraham de la Noy comes before the Board and is 
told, to close the account of Bartelt Barteltsen, as 
a power of attorney has come with Joannes de Decker. 

Tuesday, August 17, 1660, at the City Hall pres- 
ent as before. 

The Hon^'° Joannes de Decker, Councillor of N. N., 
coming in, all the documents, and papers with the 
wampum and beavers, belonging to the estate of 
Bartelt Barteltsen, are handed to him : 

To-day, the 19* of December, 1659, appeared 
before me, Hendrick Schaaf, Notary Public, admitted 
by the Court of Holland and residing at Amsterdam, 



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and before the below named witnesses, the worthy 
Styntje Pieters, widow of Bartelt Barteltsen, late 
mason at Amsterdam in N. N., to me well known, 
who in optima forma constitutes and empowers, as 
she hereby does, Mr. Joannes de Decker, on behalf 
of the W. I. Company, Member of the Council of 
New Netherland, to promote in her name and behalf 
her business, concerning the estate and goods, left 
by her deceased husband there, to assist the adminis- 
trators of said estate, appointed by the Orphan- 
masters of said City, and to do all, he may consider 
advisable for her benefit, with or without said 
administrators, to examine their accounts, and see to 
the proper sending over of the values, to demand 
from Hermen Reidersen of New Amstel, mason, 
accounts, proof and reliqua with payment of what he 
owes, to compel him and other debtors of her late 
husband, employing if necessary legal means and 
legally do everything required, as if she, the con- 
stituent, being herself present, might or should do, 
even if an ampler authority were necessary, than 
herein contained and further hi omnibus et contra 
omnes ad lites, cum potestate substituendi (in every- 
thing and against all in lawsuits with power of 
substitution), promising to ratify whatever her 
attorney or his substitute may do according to law. 
Done at Amsterdam in the presence oi Jan Teunis- 
sen, shoemaker, and Marten Harbertsen, basket 
maker, both called in as witnesses. Beneath stood : 
Which I attest, signed H. Schaaf Notary Public. 



of New Amsterdam. 149 

I, the undersigned Joannes de Decker, attorney 
for Styntje Pieters, widow of Bartelt Barteltsen, 
late mason in New Netherland, herewith declare 
and acknowledge, that by virtue of my power, exe- 
cuted before 'Hota.ry Hendruk Schaaf and witnesses, 
December 19, 1659, I have received from the 
Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam in N. N. 
the sum of fl. 155. 9 s. in wampum, the proceeds of 
divers goods, sold by Vendu rc\2iSt&v Joannes Nevius, 
as proved by the account thereof, given to me, 
further 7 beavers and fl. 29.4 in light money, also 
proceeds of some goods, sold by said Nevius, accord- 
ing to account, and finally all papers, including the 
inventory of said goods, and others. By virtue of 
abovesaid power of attorney I discharge them from 
all claims, which might be made against said estate 
and subscribe this in witness thereof at Amsterdam 
in N. N., August 17, 1660. J. de Decker. 

Friday, August 20, 1660, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof 
Stevenzen Cortlant and Joannes de Peister. 

Before the Board appeared Raghel van Tienhoven 
asking for the appointment of two administrators, 
to settle her estate," and proposing Sieur Daniel 
van Donck, Sieur Joannes van Brugh, Master Jacob 
Hendricksen Varrevangen and Joannes van der 
Meulen, whereupon the messenger was ordered to 
call Joannes van Brugh and Daniel van Donck. 

'* Her husband, Cornelis van Tienhoven, had absconded. 



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Geertje Hendricks and Lambert Huyberzen Mol 
coming in, Geertje is asked, pursuant to order of 
August (f" last, whether she has the proofs ; she 
requests time, until Symon Jansen shall have re- 
turned, which was granted. 

Daniel van Donck appearing, the request of 
Raghel van Tienhoven is communicated to him. 
He excuses himself saying, he had no time before 
the sailing of the ships and could not take care of it 
before winter, as after the ships had sailed he in- 
tends to go to Fort Orange, but after having been 
urged he finally accepts the charge and Joannes van 
Brugh was joined to him ; the Secretary was then 
ordered to write the order, with which, when read to 
her, Raghel van Tienhoven said, she was satisfied. 

Order. 

Whereas Raghel van Tienhoven has appeared at 
the session of the Orphanmasters of this City, re- 
questing that two administrators be appointed for 
the settlement of her estate, and choosing as such 
'Ssi&wx Joannes van Brugh, Old Schepen of this City, 
and Sieur Daniel van Donck, Burgher here, there- 
fore the Orphanmasters, having considered this 
request, herewith appoint and authorize S2\6. Joannes 
van Brugh and Daniel van Donck as administrators 
of the estate of said Raghel van Tienhoven, to 
settle it as quickly as possible and report the condi- 
tion of it to this Board. Done etc. etc. 
Jan de Pre comes in with Adriaen Vincent and 



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Adriaen is informed of the settlement upon Jan de 
Pre's child; he is also asked, whether cattle has 
been sold for that settlement, to which he answers 
Yes and is then told, it had been done without the 
order of this Board. Jan de Pre is told, the Orphan- 
masters had decided, that the money for the settle- 
ment upon his child of the maternal inheritance, 
secured by mortgage on the house, should remain 
so, but he shall be allowed to draw the interest for 
the bringing up of said child, agreeably to the con- 
tract made before Secretary Nevius December 31, 
1659 with Pieter van Couwenhoven, late Schepen, 
and Adriaen Vincent, as guardians appointed by the 
Orphanmasters ; and if he requires the capital, he is 
allowed to take it on giving sufficient security. 

Monday, September 6, 1660, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift 
and Joannes de Peister. 

Geertje Hendricks appearing produces a written 
statement by Symon Jansen Romeyn, according to 
which he has helped to settle the account between 
Geertje Hendricks and Jacob Coppe dec'd., to divide 
the goods, to count the wampum, of which he gave 
each his share, which they took ; he has counted 
out to Jacob Coppe 50 fl., mentioned in the account 
as due to him, as well as 14 beavers, of which he 
gave Coppe two. Geertje Hendricks is informed, 
that she must swear, first, that the horse, sold to 
Thomas Hall, belonged to her alone, that she had 



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given 100 fl. to Jacob Coppe for her private account, 
that she has paid Jacob Coppe six beavers on the 
fourteen, which she owed. She says : " I do not 
intend to do it and shall not do it, now nor never." 
As Geertje refuses to confirm under oath, that she 
had given for her own account 100 fll. to Jacob Coppe, 
going to Fort Orange, she is forbidden by the 
Orphanmasters to draw them from Jacob Coppe's 
estate and ordered, on pain of execution, to pay 
over within six weeks 150 fl. for the horse, 150 fl. 
for the yacht, 1 2 beavers to close the account with 
Jacob Coppe and 1 2 beavers more for the yacht, alto- 
gether 300 fl. and 24 beavers. 

The Orphanmasters resolved to give a power of 
attorney to Dirck van Schelluyne for collecting at 
Fort Orange the debts due and the goods belonging 
to the estate of Jacob Coppe dec'd. according to a 
list, which shall be given to him and for constrain- 
ing those, who are not willing, to pay, but he is not 
to make any agreement with them. People, who 
say, they have paid, what they owe, shall swear to it. 

Power of Attorney. 

We, the Orphanmasters of the City of Amster- 
dam in N. N., herewith constitute and empower 
Sieur Dirck van Schelluyne, Secretary of the Colony 
of Rensselaerswyck near Fort Orange in N. N., to 
demand and receive in the name and on behalf of 
the Orphans Court of this City all such outstanding 
debts, as Jacob Coppe dec'd. has left uncollected at 



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his death at Fort Orange according to the list, 
shown to us and now handed over to our said 
attorney, to call for payment, to attend all sessions 
of Court for this purpose, until judgment is given 
and execution ordered, to compel the debtors to 
pay and if necessary to seize persons and goods, to 
have debtors confirm under oath, what they have to 
say about the debt or a payment thereof, to give 
acquittance for payments, but not to make agree- 
ments with anybody, and to do all, what his good 
judgment shall advise for the benefit of the estate 
of said Jacob Coppe dec'd., even though herein it 
may not be expressly stated ; — we promising to ratify, 
what this our attorney shall have done, provided 
that when called upon, he will give an account of 
his actions. Done etc September 6, 1660. 

Tuesday, September 17, 1660, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
Olof Stevenzen Cortlant and foannes de Peister. 

Before the Board appeared Reintje Pieters, who 
on being asked, whether he could pay, answered 
with the promise to bring his arrears in wampum in 
two or four days and said, that Arien Symoitsen must 
pay 20 beavers. The Orphanmasters order Reintje 
Pieters to satisfy them in four days and not to leave 
before. The Board further resolve, that he must 
pay for each beaver, which he owes, 14 fl. in wampum, 
excepting the 20 beavers, promised by him. This 
resolution having been communicated to Reintje, he 



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says, it is too much and offers 12 fl, hoping to pay in 
four days 400 fl. and complaining, that it is hard to 
get money from people. But as it has been resolved, 
that he is to pay 14 fl. for the beaver, he is told, it must 
remain so; the interest shall however be taken into con- 
sideration and instead of 10 he may pay only 7 p. c. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius hands in the account of 
the estate of Anna Cornel-is dec'd., which, it was 
resolved, should be recorded. 

Claas van Elslant, the younger, is ordered, to 
bring a list of the estates. 

Nicolaas Boot is asked by the Board, whether he 
will keep the boy of Nicolaas Velthuysen in his ser- 
vice. He says Yes and asked, how much he is to 
earn, he answers, the boy should live with him for 
three years and serve him for board and clothing ; 
he also promises, to give him at the expiration of 
three years, if he goes to Holland, 150 fl. Holland 
currency, if he does not go, two ordinary hogsheads 
of tobacco, weighing net at least 600 lbs., on condi- 
tion, that the boy serve out his time. The boy of 
Nicolaas Velthuysen was called in and asked, whether 
he will serve N. Boot. He answers Yes and is told, 
that he must behave well and take care, that no 
complaints are made. 

Copy of the Contract between Nicolaas Boot and 
the Orphanmasters. 

To-day, the 17* of September, 1660, appeared at 
the session of the Orphanmasters Sieur Nicolaas 
Boot, Burgher and inhabitant here, who made with 



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the Orphanmasters an agreement about the hiring 
of one Hendrick de Graaff, son oi Jannetie Willems, 
wife of Nicolaas Velthuysen, by her first husband, for 
three consecutive years from the date hereof, during 
which time and for which services Nicolaas Boot 
promises to give the boy board and clothing and at 
the end of his term 150 fl. Holland currency, if said 
Nicolaas Boot should, within this time, go to Hol- 
land, if not, he promises to give him here two hhds. 
of good, choice Virginia leaf tobacco, each hogshead 
weighing at least 300 lbs. net. It is further specially 
agreed, that, if Boot lets said Hendrick de Graaff ^o 
during said term of three years, if he should die or 
leave for other reasons, he, said Boot shall neverthe- 
less be bound to pay said 150 fl. Holland currency 
or two hhds. of tobacco to said Hendrick de Graaff 
and he is hereby requested, to take good care of 
Hendrick, so that he may not run away or behave 
badly and for this purpose full power and authority 
is given to Nicolaas Boot, as guardian and master, to 
insist upon obedience to his orders and to instruct 
and direct the boy, as a faithful guardian and master 
is in duty bound to do. For the carrying out of this 
agreement Nicolaas Boot binds his person and prop- 
erty, real and personal, present and future, nothing 
excepted, placing the same at the disposal of all laws 
and courts, especially the Orphans Court of this 
City. In witness whereof he has signed the original 
of this copy, on file in this Court, at Amsterdam in 
N. N. the 4* of October, 1660. 



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Friday, October 8, 1660, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift and Olof 
Stevenzen Cortlant. 

Commission. 

fan Gillisen Koeck is hereby authorized by the 
Orphanmasters of this City, to speak to the below- 
named persons for payment of their debts according 
to annexed accounts within three times 24 hours, 
under pain of execution. He is also to make note 
of their default. 

Arent Lauwerenzen . . . H. 
Tielman van Vleeck . . . fl. 

Gerrit Pietersen . . . fl. 

fan Gillis de fongh requests payment of 200 fl. 
from the estate of N. Velthuysen and is informed, 
that he must wait, until the estate is settled, when he 
will come in concurrence with other creditors. 

Simon fanzen Romein and Gerrit van Tright are, 
by the following commission, appointed administra- 
tors of the estate oi fan Barensen dec'd. 

Commission. 

As fan Barensen has died at the house of Aart 
Willemsen's widow on the 5"* of October a. c, leav- 
ing there some property, it is necessary, that admin- 
istrators of this property should be appointed and 
therefore the Orphanmasters authorize and qualify 
as such Master Gerrit van Tright and Symon fansen 



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Romeyn, to make as soon as possible a-n inventory of 
the goods and report it to this Board for further dis- 
posal. Done etc. October 8, 1660. 

Wednesday, November 17, 1660, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, 
Olof Steven Cortlant and foannes de Peister. 

The Orphanmasters received the papers, that is 
the inventory of and other documents relating to 
the estate of Joannes de Hulter dec'd. and Mrs, 
Joanna de Laat,''^ appearing before the Board, is 
asked, as she has been in Holland, how it is with 
the estate. She answers, that pursuant to the testa- 
ment she has given security in Holland and offers, 
to give proof thereof at the next meeting, which she 
is ordered to do. 

Franpois de Bruyn informs the Board, that he has 
sold half an aam''* of French wine for the funeral of 
Jacob Coppe for 5 beavers and requests payment. 

The bill of Pieter Lauwerensen amounting to no 
fl., which he is to have out of the estate of Jacob 
Coppe dec'd., he is ordered to inform thereof the 
administrators. 

Cornells Aarzen is asked, what shall be done to 
collect from his wife's sister the money, due to the 
estate of Jacob Coppe and whether execution shall 



''■^ Widow of the historian, who owned part of Rensselaerwyck. After the 
death of her second husband, Joannes de Hulter, she married Jeronimus 
Ebbinck. 

'' A cask holding 40 gallons. 



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be ordered. He asks for delay until the next 
session, so that he may speak with Jan van der Bilt. 

The Board resolved to order, that Gerrit Pieter- 
sen shall pay the 27 fl. 10 st. promptly and not 
leave the Manhatans, before he has paid. This 
order having been written, it is given to Reynout 
Reynoutsen and Gerrit Fullewever, administrators of 
the estate of Cornelis Jansen Cloppenburgh dec'd., 
for information and they are reimbursed by ac- 
counts and otherwise for the proceeds from the sale 
of said CoppenburgK s property. 

Nicolaas Backer is asked, what means he has to 
pay his debt to the estate of Anna Cornelis dec'd. 
He answers, he does not know, he owes 38 beavers 
and has given a note for it, now in the hands of 
Claas Bordingh and Pieter Jacobsen Marius. He 
is told, to come again to the next session, to see, 
how it is with the note or whether Joannes van 
Brugh, who has power of attorney from Lauwerens 
Jansen, will accept it. 

Master Gerrit van Tright and Simon Jansen 
Romein state to Board, that a black cloak, belong- 
ing to Jan Barensen dec'd., has been found, which 
must be added to the inventory, and that the boy, 
whom Jan Barensen brought into the country and 
who is related to him, ought to have some of the 
tools and should be clothed out of the estate. This 
is conceded by the Orphanmasters on condition, 
that what is done for the boy be noted. It is 
further ordered to give power of attorney to Master 



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Abraham"'' for collection of what is due to the 
estate up the river and the administrators are 
directed first to clothe the boy, then to sell the 
property, taking note of how much it brings and 
how far it will go and to report. 

Jan Ariaanzen informs the Board, that he has 
bought a house from Jan de Pre, who cannot give 
conveyance of it, as it is mortgaged to the Orphans 
Chamber. He is told, the mortgage must be paid, 
but he may keep the money and give himself a mort- 
gage on the house to the Orphanmasters, so that 
the child of Jan de Pre may not lose anything of 
the maternal inheritance. 

Commission for the Administrators of the Estate 
of Jan Jansen Hagenaar. 

As Jan Jansen Hagenaar was unfortunately 
drowned in the East River on the 22"^ of November 
a. c. and Orphanmasters consider it necessary, to 
appoint administrators of his estate, therefore they 
hereby authorize and qualify Sieur Isaack Greveraat 
and Hendrick Hendricksen Obe as such adminis- 
trators and order them, to make as soon as possible 
an inventory of said estate oi Jan Jansen and report 
it to this Board for further disposal. Done etc. 
November 23, 1660. 

Friday, November 26, 1660, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift 
and Olof Stevensen Cortlant. 

" Probably Surgeon Abraham Staais of Fort Orange. 



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Annetje Dircks, widow of Pieter Kock, is informed 
by the Board, that, as it has pleased the Lord to 
take away her husband, it is necessary that she 
make a statement of her late husband's estate to the 
Board and that two guardians be appointed for the 
child. Answering, she promises to do so and re- 
quests as guardians Daniel Litsco and lA'a.sX.tx Jacob 
Hendricksen Varrevanger. 

Commission. 

Whereas Pieter Kock has lately died, leaving be- 
sides the widow a minor child, as whose guardians 
and administrators of whose inheritance the Orphan- 
masters have at the request of the widow appointed 
Daniel Litsco and Master y«t«?(5 Hendricksen Varre- 
vanger, therefore, considering^ that a proper inven- 
tory of the estate of the deceased ought to be made, 
so that neither the child nor the widow may be pre- 
judiced in their rights and inheritance, the Orphan- 
masters herewith authorize and direct said guardians, 
to make as soon as possible an inventory of the furni- 
ture and values, as well as of other real and personal 
property, debts and credits in this country, of the de- 
ceased, and to agree with the widow about a settle- 
ment upon the child of its paternal inheritance, as 
they shall think best, reporting the same to this 
Board. Done etc. 

Jeronimus Ebbinck produces before the Board the 
testament, made by his wiie Joanna de Laat and her 
former husband, Joannes de Hulter dec'd. After 



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the same with the settlement upon and the payment 
to the children, left by said de Hulter, had been ex- 
amined by the Orphanmasters, they order to make 
a record thereof. 

Claas Bordingh and Pieter Jacobsen Marius ap- 
pearing, the statement of the estate, left by Anna 
Cornells dec'd, is examined. As it was found, that 
this estate has to claim 98 fl. in beavers from the 
estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen, it is ordered, that 
Tielman van Vleck and Pieter Rudolfus, the admin- 
istrators of Velthuysen s, insolvent estate, should be 
notified and as they were outside, they were called 
in and informed of the claim. 

Joannes van Brugge, coming in with Nicolaas 
Backer, is informed, that Nicolaas still owes to the 
estate of Anna Cornells, dec'd, 56 beavers and as he 
has power of attorney from Louwerens Jansen, Anna 
Cornells husband, he is asked, whether he will take 
the note in deduction of the debt and credit it 
on the account. He says, he cannot do it, as the 
note has been paid. As Joannes van Brugge wWl not 
agree to credit the note on the account against 
Backer, the Orphanmasters order, that Backer shall 
pay the interest on the note from this date until pay- 
ment of the whole. 

Order. 

Jeremias Jansen is hereby ordered by the Orphan- 
masters, to make an inventory of the property, left 
by his father, Jan Jansen Hagenaar and to hand it 



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to Joannes Nevius, Secretary of the Orphans Chamber, 
within three times 24 hours. Done etc. 

Copy. 

In the Name of the Lord, Amen. Know ye, all 
and everybody, whom it concerns, by the contents 
of this instrument, that to-day, the 26"" of Febru- 
ary, a° 1652, at about 6 o. c. in the evening, before 
me, Willem van Vredenburgh, admitted Notary Pub- 
lic by the Provincial Court of Holland upon the 
nomination by their Honours of the Court of the 
City of Leyden, and residing in said city, and before 
the witnesses, named below, personally appeared the 
Wox)"""^ Johan de Hulter and the worthy Mrs. Joanna 
de Laat, husband and wife, living in this city on the 
Rapenburgh, opposite to the Prince's quarters, to me, 
the Notary, well known, being sound in body and 
mind, in possession of their reason and memory, who 
declared, that considering the frailty and shortness 
of human life on this earth, perishable like a shadow 
and always liable to paj^ the debts of nature by death, 
of which nothing is more uncertain than the day and 
hour, they had resolved to anticipate this uncertainty 
by testamentary dispositions and not leave this world 
without having disposed of the worldly goods, given 
them by God's grace. They do this, as they openly 
declared, inasmuch as by God's blessing they have the 
power to do it by their own, free will, without being 
instigated or misled by anybody, first commending 
their immortal souls to the gracious and merciful 



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hands of God Almighty, their Creator and Saviour, 
and their dead bodies to an honest burial, revoking 
and annulling hereby specially the marriage con- 
tract, made between them before the wedding and 
further all testaments, codicils and similar instru- 
ments, which they may have made and executed 
heretofore, not desiring that the contents of these 
instruments or of any of them may be observed or 
carried out in any respect or manner and making 
now new dispositions, the said testators declare, that 
the first dying a;ppoints and constitutes the survivor, 
known only to God Almighty, sole and general heir 
or heiress of all property, nothing excepted, which 
they hold together and which the first dying leaves ; 
the survivor to enter upon, use, hold and do with 
such property, as he or she might do with own, free 
possessions, under the condition and direction, that 
the survivor shall be bound and held, honestly to 
bring up the child or children, procreated among 
them and left behind by the first dying, to provide it 
or them with meat, drink, and clothing, as the condi- 
, tion of the estate demands, to give a good and God 
fearing education, instruction for a life of study, for 
commercial life or any other honest profession, suit- 
able to the child's or children's capacity, to take care 
of them in sickness and health, as a good father or 
mother is bound to do, during their minority and 
until said children have come to the full age of 25 
years or have entered into matrimony or any other 
approved condition, when and not before the sur- 



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vivor shall be held, first to fit out the child or chil- 
dren according to the condition of the estate of the 
first dying and add thereto as much, as shall be 
stated in an instrument, signed by both testators, 
which said instrument they will and wish, to have the 
same force and effect, as if it was included in this 
testament word for word, provided however, that, if 
before the child or children have come of age or 
married the survivor should marry again, such sur- 
vivor must pay to the guardians for the benefit of the 
children the added sum before the day of the second 
wedding, whereby he or she shall be and remain 
discharged from further supporting and outfitting, as 
above stated, to which is to be added what according 
to strict law will be coming to the child or children 
as legitimate share of the estate of the first dying, 
of which and of no more they name and constitute 
the child or children their heirs ; but in case said child 
or children or somebody on their behalf is not satis- 
fied with this disposition and did or dared to do any- 
thing against it, then this opponent shall be deprived 
of what by virtue of this testament is bequeathed 
to him or her and he or she shall only have the 
legitimate share, allowed by law. Further, if the first 
dying does not make new dispositions, constituting 
as heirs the said child or children alone, the obedient 
child or if all are disobedient the survivor shall have 
the remainder. Testators wish and direct, that if 
any of the children die under the age of 25 years or 
before marriage the sum, added to his or her share, 



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shall go to the others and so successively to the last 
and when the last child dies under 25 years or not 
married, then all inherited by him or her under this 
testament shall go to the survivor of the testators. 
The testators further appoint as guardian of the 
minor children, whom they may leave the survivor 
with such powers, as an executor has by law and in 
equity, desiring that he or she, the said guardian 
shall alone or with some of the nearest relatives of 
the deceased to be named by the survivor, enter 
upon the office and in case of remarriage a guardian 
or guardians shall be chosen, who are to act, as if 
they were hereby appointed, provided that during 
the life of the survivor he or she shall also act as 
guardian and after his or her death there shall be 
such guardians as the survivor shall have named, 
without anybody having to trouble himself about it, 
not even any Magistrate, Orphanmaster or other 
person in authority, they all being hereby excluded 
from dealing with the estate. The testators declare 
this to be their testament and last will, specially 
directing and wishing, that it shall have full force as 
testament, codicil, fidei commissto, donation in case 
of death or any other similar instrument, and that 
it shall be considered as such, even though some 
solemnity of law may have been omitted and not 
observed. They request, that knowledge hereof 
may be taken and execute it as a public document. 
Thus done at the house of testators in Leyden in 
the presence of Cornells van Dorp and Jacob van 



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Rinegem (?), called in as witnesses. Below stood : 
Which I sign by my usual signature, having sealed 
it with my notarial seal, guaranteeing the credibility 
of the witnesses and the truth of what is herein 
stated. Signed : 

W. VAN Vredenburgh, Not. Pub. 

Copy. On the 9"" of February, 1660, before me, 
Justus van de Ven, Notary Public, admitted by the 
Court of Holland and the Magistrates of the City of 
Amsterdam and residing in said city, and before the 
witnesses, named below, appeared Mrs. Joanna de 
Laat, widow of Jan de Hulter dec'd., and with her 
four children, severally \\2,xn&A Joannes, Joanna, Sam- 
uel and Paulus de Hulter, she being now the wife 
of Jeronimus Ebbinck, her legal guardian and hus- 
band, by whom legally assisted and authorized she 
declares, that she upholds and approves the testa- 
ment, made by her deceased husband before Notary 
van Vredenburgh at Leyden on the 26"" of Febru- 
ary 1652 and that fully understanding her estate and 
the condition, that she must settle upon the afore- 
said four children their paternal inheritance, so that 
they shall have no interest in her property, she 
settles upon them 12000 Carolus guilders, engaging 
for the payment of loooo Carolus guilders the house 
and lot on the Rapenburgh at Leyden opposite to 
the Prince's quarters, bounded on one side by Floris 
van Dam, Secretary, and on the other by Jan Gell, 
stretching from the Rapenburgh back to the Honey 



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Hare (Jiony haas), also a house and lot on the 
Green Hare Graft, bounded on one side by Joan de 
Hulter, on the other by Isaac Samane, both unen- 
cumbered, and depositing the balance of 2000 fl. in 
cash. This settlement she, assisted by her husband, 
makes to Sieur Mighiel de Hidter, uncle of her 
children and guardian, appointed by her first hus- 
band in the said testament and by her confirmed 
in an instrument, executed by her before me, the 
Notary, and witnesses on the 2^ inst, wherein she 
authorizes her present husband to appear before 
Magistrates and Courts or when required here, at 
Leyden ; there to renew this settlement and mort- 
gage the said two houses to the aforesaid guardian 
for the children,ceding them so, that neither she nor 
her husband shall retain any title to them ; to do 
everything else in this matter and observe all formal- 
ities, required by local usages, as fully, as she, if 
present, could do it, but so, that her own property 
is held separate from that of the children. Her 
husband agreeing hereto, the guardian accepts all in 
good faith and consents, that I, the Notary, may 
give to the parties copy hereof. Thus done in the 
presence of Jeremias Price and Elias de Molenaar 
(miller) at Amsterdam and signed : Johanna de Laat, 
Jeronimus Ebbinck, Mighiel de Hulter, J. Price, E. 
de Molenaar, Justus van de Venn, Notary Public. 
Beneath stood : Concordat cum meo Rec. quod Attes- 
tor. 

Signed : J. van de Ven, Not. Publ. 



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Copy. 

On the 2d of March, 1660, before xrx&, Justus van 
de Ven, by the Court of Holland and the Magistrates 
of the City of Amsterdam admitted as Notary 
Public and residing in said city, and before the 
witnesses, named below, appeared Sieur Mighiel de 
Hulter, brother oijan de Hulter dec'd., and guardian 
of his children, party of the first part, and Sieur 
Jeronimus Ebbinck and Joanna de Laat, husband and 
wife, parties of the second part, who declared that 
they approved and confirmed the settlement upon 
the children of their paternal inheritance, made by 
Joanna de Laat on the 9* inst. (sic) before me, the 
Notary, and witnesses, and what is added to it, which 
has all been put into the hands of said uncle and 
guardian, to wit two houses and lots in Leyden for 
1 0000 fl., as especially stated in said instrument, and 
2000 fl., in cash, for which said uncle and guardian 
herewith gives acquittance to said mother and step- 
father, while the mother, assisted and authorized by 
her husband, promises to guard the said settled 
12000 fl. against all claims, suits and pretensions. 
The parties have also agreed, that of the four chil- 
dren the uncle and guardian Sieur Mighiel de Hulter 
shall keep here and bring up two, namely Joannes 
and Samuel de Hulter, and the other two, Joanna and 
Paulus de Hulter shall be taken by their mother and 
stepfather to New Netherland, where they intend to 
return, or they shall be placed here in such charge, 
as may seem advisable, and be provided with all 



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necessaries of life ; further the yearly profits and 
income from the said capital shall be credited to 
each share and finally parties acknowledge, to have 
liquidated and balanced all accounts open until date, 
as well in their aforesaid relations as private, and to 
have given each other, what belongs to the other 
side, especially that Sieur de Hulter has given to 
Sieur Ebbinck and wife all the silverware, the ac- 
counts and the proceeds of the sales, as well as the 
papers and notes, in fact everything left hy Joanna 
de Laat and her deceased husband, Jan de Hulter, in 
the hands of said Mighiel de Hulter and his brother 
Paulus de Hulter, while the other parties acknow- 
ledge to have received from him not only the pro- 
ceeds, but also all the other property, gold and silver- 
ware, jewels, papers and notes and everything else, 
so that nothing more can be claimed, with which they 
approve and ratify his management and administra- 
tion. Therefore parties hereby acquit each other 
fully without reservation or intention to make any 
future claim directly or indirectly, under any pretext 
whatever, binding for the fulfilment hereof their 
persons and property, present and future, subjecting 
all or what may be selected from them to all laws and 
courts, specially the Court of Holland and advisedly 
renouncing all reduction, relief, appeal or other 
favours and benefits of law, of which the one or the 
other might take advantage in convention ; finally 
consenting, that I, the Notary, may give copy of the 
foregoing. Thus done in the presence of Sieur 



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Lauwerens de Colenaar and Jan Babtista Lieffrinck, 
as witnesses, at Amsterdam. Beneath stood : Con- 
cordat. Signed : y! vander Ven, Not. Publ. 

Friday, December 10, 1660, at the City Hall pre- 
sent Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof 
Stevenzen Cortlant and Joannes de Peister. 

Rem the smith appearing he is informed, that 
according to the writings of the estate oi Jacob Coppe 
dec'd., he owes to said estate 11 beavers. He says, 
he has paid them and has a claim against Coppe, to 
whose wife he has spoken about it, telling her also 
he had paid. He is ordered to prove it and requests 
time until spring, which is granted, provided he 
furnishes a good account. Rem Jansen states, that 
the grindstones oi Jacob Coppe were at Meyndert the 
smith's at Fort Orange, when he was still there, but 
he knows no more about the brandy. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol requests the Board to be 
discharged from the guardianship of the children 
and the administration of the estate of Andrees 
Hoppe dec'd. ; whereupon he is told, that as the 
widow has made a settlement, he has nothing to do 
with her on account of the children's support. He 
says further, he has learned, that a judgment was to 
be executed against Geertje Hendricks and asks, 
whether this will be done. He is told, that if he has 
to ask, that the execution may not proceed, he must 
do so in writing. 



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Order, 

Jeremias Janzen is herewith ordered by the 
Orphanmasters of this City not to leave here, before 
he has delivered to this Board an inventory of 
the property, left by his deceased father, real and 
personal, goods, furniture and values. Done as 
above. 

Commission. 

Whereas Jannetje Tomas, widow of Cleyn Claasie, 
commonly called so, has lately died, leaving besides 
some property five minor children, so that it has 
become necessary, to appoint administrators of the 
estate, therefore the Orphanmasters herewith qualify 
as such administrators Tomas Hall^xvA Pieter Stouten- 
burgh, who are ordered to make an inventory of the 
estate, real and personal property, values and debts 
due by others, to settle all and make a report to this 
Board for future disposal. Done at Amsterdam 
Decbr. lo, 1660. 

Saturday, December 11, 1660, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift 
and Olof Stevenzen Cortlant. 

Tielman van Vleeck and Pieter Rudolfus, adminis- 
trators of the insolvent estate of Nicolaas Velthuy- 
sen, are asked about the condition of said estate, 
whereupon Sieur van Vleeck produces some ac- 
counts pertaining to it with reference as to the 
creditors, with whom the debts were contracted 



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before and after the death of Velthuysen's wife. 
The administrators were directed to proceed with 
the work and to collect the outstanding debts as 
well as the money for the goods sold. 

Monday, January 4, 1 661, at the City Hall present 
the same as before and Joannes de Peister. 

Mattheus de Vos is asked by the Board, how it 
stands with the estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen and 
whether the money for the goods sold is coming in. 
He answers, that Mr. van Ruyven has received a 
considerable sum and that several others have been 
paid with orders, also that he is responsible for the 
money. 

Order. 

Tielman van Vleeck and Pieter Rudolfus, adminis- 
trators of the estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen, not hav- 
ing appeared after two summons, are herewith 
ordered by the Orphanmasters to produce before 
the Board within three times 24 hours a statement 
and inventory of said estate, on pain of punishment. 
Done etc. 

Commission. 

Whereas Jeene Horn, widow of Joris Horn, has 
died, leaving besides some property four children, 
for whom the Orphanmasters consider it necessary 
to appoint guardians and administrators, to settle 
the estate of said widow, so that the children may 



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obtain the inheritance from their parents, therefore 
they herewith elect and quaUfy Jan Lauwerens and 
Joris Wolsy, who are directed to make as soon as 
possible an inventory of said estate and report it to 
this Board for such further disposal, as occasion may 
require. Done etc February 11, 1661. 

Saturday, April 2, 1661, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, Marten Cregier 
and Cornelis Steenwyck. 

Before the Board appeared Jan Jemptingh, 25 
years old, son of Jene Horn, by her first husband, 
and Priscille Horn, daughter of Jene Horn, who re- 
quest, that their parents' estate be distributed to 
them and the minor children. They are asked, 
how many brothers and sisters they have, and an- 
swer two, of whom one, 14 years old and called 
Willem has gone to Virginia, the other, 8 years old, 
is with them. Referring to the partition they re- 
quest, that the house, plantation and other property 
here be sold. This request was communicated to 
Joris Wolsy, administrator of said estate, and it was 
recommended to him to do his best for it in this 
matter. Jan Jemptingh says, the cattle belong to 
him, as old Jan had given him 70 fl., for which his 
mother had bought a cow, of which the cattle are 
the increase. He is ordered, to prove it. Priscilla 
Ham says, she will take her two brothers to her. 
Joris Wolsy proposes, that he thinks it best, to sell 
the house and lot of Joris Horn here in the City in 



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two parcels. The Orphanmasters decide to give to 
the administrators of said estate authority to sell the 
house and lot as well as the plantation and other 
property. 

Tryntje van Campen appearing, a contract is made 
with her to lodge and board the widow of Hendrick 
Pietersen van Hasselt and provide her with all she 
needs, for which she is to have 36 fl. every month 
from March 22 last. Tryntje Ruyters is informed, 
that the widow of Hendrick Pietersen van Hasselt is 
to live with Tryntje van Campen and says, that she 
is satisfied with it, but complains, that she has 
broken a looking glass, worth 5 to 6 fl., also a fine 
comb, and torn a cover, for which she demands pay- 
ment, which is promised her. She says further, that 
according to notice of the estate she must have 
something besides boarding and lodging said widow, 
whereupon she was told, she should be satisfied for 
it. As some property of said widow is at her house, 
Jan Jelissen Koeck is ordered to fetch it with Tryntje 
van Campen, taking the widow along. 

Thursday, April 14, 1661, present at the City Hall 
as before. 

Before the Board appeared Daniel Litsco and 
y\.a.st&r^^ Jacob Hendricksen Varrevanger, administra- 
tors of the estate and guardians of the children of 
Pieter Kock, who were asked, whether they had 
agreed with the widow of Pieter Kock concerning 

'* The title of Master was given to Surgeons. 



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the settlement on the child of the father's estate. 
They answer Yes and that Mr, Paulus Leendersen 
van der Grift has the agreement, they also show the 
inventory of the goods of said Kock. 

After the inventory of the property, left by his 
deceased father, had been shown him, feremias 
Janzen Hagenaar is asked, whether that is all the 
property left. He says Yes, except the carpenter's 
tools. Further asked, how old he and his brothers 
and sisters are, he answers that he is 22 years 
old, his brother facob 19, his sister Sofia 17 
and his brother Arien 14; that his other sister 
Cristina is married and that his brother Arien 
is to remain with him to learn the trade. He further 
states, that there are some debts and credits not 
mentioned in the inventory, because he did not 
know the correct amount ; also that he has received 
from Jacob Stoffelsen in deduction of his debt 10 
schepels of grain, which he has paid to the baker. 
Said feremias going out of the room, the Orphan- 
masters decide to tell him, that he and his brother- 
in-law must buy out the shares in the paternal estate 
of their minor brothers and sisters and for it give a 
mortgage on their house. 

The Hon'''^ Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift com- 
ing in, the resolution of the Orphanmasters concern- 
ing the estate of Pieter Kock is communicated to 
him and he is asked for his advice, whereupon he 
said, he approved it and showed the agreement from 
the settlement upon the child of Pieter Kock of his 



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estate, which having been read and examined by the 
Orphanmasters they approve it as well done. 

Jeremias Janzen returning is informed, that he 
and his brother-in-law Frerich have been appointed 
guardians of the minor brothers and sisters, also of 
the resolution of the Board concerning the buying of 
their share. He is asked, where his brother-in-law is 
and saying Here, he is ordered to fetch him. Both 
coming in are ordered, to make a statement and 
inventory, have everything written up by Secretary 
Nevius and then show it ; also to agree with their 
brothers and sisters about buying them out and then 
execute a mortgage. 

Jan Rutgersen asks the Board, how it stands 
with the estate of Barent Oesterman, so that he may 
have what is due him. Whereas a calculation has 
been made, it is ordered, that his money shall be 
paid to him accordingly, although the money is 
attached ; but no suit having been entered, the 
attachment is considered as of no force. 

Symon Janzen Romein and Gerrit van Tright, 
administrators of the estate oijan Barensen, show a 
statement thereof and are told, to continue in their 
work. 

Thursday, April 21, 1661, at the City Hall present 
same as before. 

Tielman van Vleeck, with Pieter Rudolfus admin- 
istrator of the estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen, coming 
in, is asked, how it stands with the estate and whether 



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the statement is ready. He says, he cannot do it, as 
the money for the goods sold has not yet been 
received and there are great differences between 
Mattheus de Vos and Claas van Elslant about the 
coming in of the money. The Orphanmasters there- 
upon direct, that the following order be handed to 
Mattheus de Vos, the Bailiff : 

Order. 

Bailiff Mattheus de Vos is herewith ordered by the 
Orphanmasters to see to it, that the money for the 
goods, sold out of the estate, be collected as quickly 
as possible, that the said estate may at last be settled, 
Done etc. 

Tielmanvan Vleeck states, XhsXjan Peeck is in debt 
to the estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen and that one 
Jan Perie owes him or his wife a considerable sum ; 
he requests therefore permission to attach it. He 
is asked, how it stands with the bookdebts and 
whether any of them are being paid. He answers, 
he could not reach Jan Jelissen Koeck ; Jan Jelissen 
says, he has not been around with the list ; Van 
Vleeck adds, Abraham Verplanck also owes some- 
thing and that he shall receive part payment of it. 

Jeremias Janzen is asked, whether he has made a 
complete inventory of his father's estate, and answers, 
he has not been able, to do it as yet, whereupon he 
is ordered to have it ready by next Thursday. 

Tryntje van Campen tells the Board, that the 
month, during which the widow of Hendrick Pietersen 



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van Hasselt has lived with her, is over and she there- 
fore requests payment, adding, that the widow 
requires some linnen ; she asks for more, than 
had been agreed on, because she cannot keep 
her for that money. She is told, that the matter 
will be considered and care taken, that she may 
receive the money and Grietje, the widow, some 
linnen. 

Age Bruynsen comes with his brother-in-law Dirck 
Jansen and (stating), that he intends to marry again, 
he is ordered to make a statement and inventory of 
his property in the presence of said Dirck Jansen 
and Cornelis Jansen, the guardians of his child, and 
to have it written by Secretary Nevius. 

Commission. 

Whereas Age Bruynsen, widower of Annetje Jans, 
intends to again enter the state of matrimony with 
Eghbertje Dircks, spinster, and whereas said Annetje 
Jans has left beside a child, called Bruyn, some 
property, therefore, considering it necessary, that 
guardians for the child be appointed, the Orphan- 
masters herewith thereto qualify Dirck Jansen, 
brother of Annetje Jans dec'd., and Cornelis Jansen 
Clapper, who are ordered to make as soon as possible 
an inventory of all the property, real and personal, 
valuable papers, debts and credits, made by the 
deceased in this country and left at her death, report- 
ing the same to this Board for further disposal. 
Done etc. 



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Monday, May 23, 1661, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Olof Stevenzen Cortlant and Cornelis Steen- 
wyck. 

Jan Gillissen Koeck delivers to the Board the sum 
of (? a bill for) 459 fl. 10 st. according to following 
account 

Paid to Tryntje van Campen by order 

of Mr. Marten Cregier fl. 30. 

" to the same by order of Mr. Olof 

Stevensen van Cortlandt " 10. 

By account of Isaack Kip " 14. 4 

" " of Hendrick Willemsen, 

the baker, " 3.18 

" wampum on hand " 401. 8 

fl. 459.10 

Order to Mattheus de Vos and Tielman van Vleeck. 

You are herewith ordered by the Orphanmasters 
of this City to appear before them with the papers, 
concerning the estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen, on 
Saturday, the 28"" of May of this year 1660 (sic !) at 
9 a. m. 

Before us, the Orphanmasters of the City of Am- 
sterdam in N. N., appeared Joost Goderis, Burgher 
and inhabitant here, who acknowledged, that on be- 
half of the estate, left by Cornelis Hendricksen van 
Dort dec'd. he is justly indebted to the Orphans 
Chamber here for the six children (of said Cornelis) by 
Madaleen Dircks in the sum of 500 fl. for the purchase 



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of a house and lot, which sum he promises to pay to 
this Board on demand with 10 p. c. annual inter- 
est, paying the interest in good strung and current 
wampum yearly from September i, 1660, when it 
shall begin until the aforesaid capital has been re- 
funded. He also binds by special mortgage his 
house and lot North of the Slyck Stegh (South Wil- 
liam Str.), bounded West by the lot of Abraham the 
carpenter, North by the lot of Jan Rutgersen 
Moreaen, East by the houses and lots of Evert 
Duyckingh and South by said alley, and in general, 
all movable and immovable property, present and 
future, nothing excepted, subject to all laws and 
courts, specially this Orphan Court. In witness he 
has signed this record with the Orphanmasters Oloff 
Stevensen van Cortlandt and Cornells Steenwyck this 
23*^ of May, 1 66 1, at Am.sterdam in N. N. 
Oloff Stevensen Jogst Goderis 

CoRNELis Steenwyck. To my knowledge 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

Monday, June 13, 1661, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Olof Stevenzen Cortlant 2ind Marten Cregier. 

Jeremias Jansen Hagenaar is asked by the Board, 
whether he has already made a statement and 
inventory of the estate of his deceased father. He 
says, he has not, because he cannot get a settlement 
of accounts with Salomon la Chair and asks, that 
guardians for his minor brothers and sisters be 
appointed. Arien van Laar produces before the 



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Board a transfer from Frerick Hermsen of his wife's 
share in the estate of Jan Jansen Hagenaar and 
requests payment thereof. He is promised, the 
matter shall be attended to. "When Jeremias Jansen 
returned, he is informed, that Sieur Isaack Greveraat 
and Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, appointed guardians 
and administrators of his father's estate on the 23'* 
of November, 1660, shall be ordered to settle the 
said estate with him. 

Hendrick Lambersen Mol hands in an account 
against the estate of Jan Hutsitson dec'd. for nurs- 
ing and wages, amounting to 48 fl. in wampum and 
besides 6 beavers. 

Salomon la Chair appearing, he is told, that Sieur 
Isaack Greveraat, Hendrick Tamboer (the drummer) 
and Jeremias Jansen would with him settle his 
account against the estate of J. Jansen Hagenaar. 

Sieur Isaack Grevenraat and Hendrick Hendrick- 
sen Obe are pursuant to their commission of Novem- 
ber 23, 1660, herewith authorized and qualified by 
the Orphanmasters of this City, to settle the estate 
of Jan Jansen Hagenaar dec'd., making as soon as 
possible an inventory thereof and liquidating the 
accounts between said Jan Jansen and Salomon la 
Chair with those of said la Chair with Jeremias 
Jansen Hagenaar. After settling these accounts 
they are to report to this Board for further orders. 
Done etc. 

Reintje Pieters van Bolsaert is herewith ordered 
by the Orphanmasters to pay to them in three times 



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24 hours his arrears according to bond, under pain 
of execution. Done etc. 

Thursday, June 16, 1661, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, Marten Cregier 
and Cornells Steenwyck. 

Skippery^;? Jansen Bestevaar appearing, he makes 
a contract with the Orphanmasters for the passage 
of Grietje Adams, widow of Hendrick Pietersen van 
Hasselt, for which 70 fl. in wampum are paid to him. 

Reintje Pietersen van Bolswaart is told, that the 
time, in which he was to pay to the Orphans Chamber 
his arrears, has lapsed. In answer he promises to 
pay on his return from Fort Orange. The Orphan- 
masters grant him so much time. Whereas Reintje 
Pieters has received a judgment against Pieter 
Bronck for 124 beavers on two notes, which he has 
left as security with this Board, therefore the same are 
returned to him to-day, as he is going up the river. 

Tryntje van Campen coming in says, that Grietje 
Adams is sick a-bed, having learned, that she is 
go to Holland. 

Jeremias Jansen is asked, whether he has made an 
inventory of his deceased father's estate He an- 
swers, that he has called on Sieur Isaack Greverat 
and Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, the administrators, 
but they did not come. He is thereupon ordered, 
to speak again to them and to see to the settlement 
of the estate by Saturday, when the Board will sit 
again. He promises to do so. 



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Order. 

Whereas Herpert Classen van Elslant zxx^Jurrien 
Jansen van Auweryck are indebted to the estate of 
Jan Barensen dedd.., to "w'xt Herpert Classen for 16 fl. 
4 St. and Jurrien Jansen for 18 fl. 14 st, which 
monies cannot be had from them, therefore the 
Bailiff and Schout Pieter Tonneman are ordered by 
the Orphanmasters of this City to levy on these 
persons by execution. 

Thursday, June 30, 1661, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Olof Stevensen Cortlant and Marten Cregier. 

Before the Board appeared Pelgrum Clock, 
Notary Public, who said, he had power of attorney 
from Arien van Laar, from whom he had received 
a transfer, made by Frerick Hendricksen,^ the hus- 
band oi Jan Jansen Hagenaar's daughter, of his share 
of the goods, inherited by his wife from her father's 
estate ; which transfer to van Laar had been made 
for a claim against him, Frerick. He requests to 
have it recorded and that payment of the money 
may be decreed. 

Tielman van Vleeck, administrator of the estate of 
Nicolaas Velthuysen, presents a petition, made by 
him to the Burgomasters and Schepens, concerning 
a claim of Bartholdus Maan against said estate, and 
the reply thereto. He shows a list of the principal 
creditors of said estate, from which the Orphan- 
masters are pleased to select as administrator with 

"' Above called Hermsen. 



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van Vleeck, in place of the deceased Pieter Rudolfus, 
Claas Gangelofsen Visser, to whom the following 
order is sent. 

Commission. 

Whereas Pieter Rudolfus, late administrator with 
Tielman van Vleeck of the estate of Nicolaas Velthuy- 
sen, has died and it is necessary, to fill the vacancy, 
therefore the Orphanmasters of this City thereto 
authorize and qualify, as they hereby do, Nicolaas 
Gangelofsen Visser, who is required and directed 
with Tielman van Vleeck to settle said estate as 
quickly as possible, to collect the money for the 
goods sold and all other debts and to distribute it 
with the knowledge of the Orphanmasters as shall 
be proper. Done etc. 

Saturday, July 2, 1661, at the City Hall present 
Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant. 

David Wesselsen appears to say, he would like to 
have his pay from the estate of Pieter Jansen Winck- 
elhoeck. He is told, care will be taken, that he 
receive his money. 

Isaac k Kip is asked, how it stands with the estate 
oi Jacob Coppe ; he answers as before. 

Thursday, July 7, 1661, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Olof Stevenzen van Cortlandt, Marten 
Cregier and Cornells Steenwyck. 

The Board resolved to send an order to the 



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administrators of the relinquished estate of Nicolaas 
Velthuysen, directing them to bring next Monday 
the ready cash in hand to this Court with a list of 
accounts, so that each of the creditors may be paid 
pro rata. 

Order. 

Tielman van Vleeck and Nicolaas Gangelofsen 
Visser, administrators of the estate of Nicolaas 
Velthuysen, are herewith ordered by the Orphan- 
masters to bring to this Court next Monday, July 11, 
the ready cash in hand of said estate and a list of 
accounts, to pay each of the creditors pro rata. 
Done etc. 

Jacobus Vis appearing, is asked about the estate of 
Jacob Coppe and where the papers are. He answers, 
Isaack Kip has the papers, and requests to be dis- 
charged from the administration. 

Salomon la Chair hands in an order on the request 
of Jan Gillis de Jongh with an account, concerning 
the estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen. He is told, the 
case will be taken in hand next week. 

Jan Gillissen Koeck brings and delivers to the 
Board the following, received from Burgomaster 
Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, to-wit : 

A pair of rusted knives with silver handles. 

A silver chain with silver hook. 

A silver girdle (^gordel^ with silver key hook (ryni) 
and another silver hook, 

A velvet purse with silver chain and ten small 
pearls in the purse. 



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A silver clasp of a case for a pair of knives. 

Four gold rings and a broken ditto, 
which all belong to the widow of Hendrick Pietersen 
van Hasselt. 

Commission. 

Whereas Dirck Smitt, late Ensign in the service 
of the Priviledged West India Company, has died 
leaving besides the widow a minor child, as guardians 
for whom and administrators of the estate the 
Orphanmasters of this City have at the request of 
the widow appointed Sieur Jacob Strycker, Old 
Schepen of this City, and Sieur Isaack Greveraat, 
therefore, considering the necessity of having an 
inventory of the estate of the deceased made, so that 
neither the child nor the widow may be harmed in 
their rights and inheritance, the Orphanmasters 
hereby direct said guardians to make as soon as 
possible an inventory as well of the furniture and 
valuable papers as of all personal and real property, 
debts and credits, here in this country, and to agree 
with the widow about the child's share in the father's 
estate, as equity demands. Done at Amsterdam in 
N. N. July 13, 1661. 

By Order of the Presiding Orphanmaster 
Joan : Nevius, Secretary. 

Saturday, July 16, 1661, the Orphanmasters met 
at the house of Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant. 

Before the Board appeared Annetje Dircks, widow 
of Dirck Smitt, late Ensign in the service of the 



of New A msterdam. 1 8 7 

Priv. W. I. Company, who declared, that she gives 
to the Orphans Chamber as security for her child's 
paternal inheritance her two houses and lots in this 
City according to deeds and further all her house- 
hold goods and property here, which she will take 
back, in case the child dies. 

Friday, July 22, 1661, the Orphanmasters, except 
Marten Cregier, met at the house of Old Burgo- 
master Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant. 

As soon as they met the Orphanmasters have 
resolved, whereas Annetje Dircks, widow of Dirck 
Smitt, late Ensign of the Director General here, 
intends to sail for Holland, not having given 
sufficient proof, that her orphaned child will not 
suffer for want of means, therefore they find it 
advisable, that as soon as she arrives in Holland she 
shall address herself to Sieurs Seth Verbrugge and 
Jelis van Hoorenbeeck, both merchants at Amsterdam, 
without whose knowledge she must not demand and 
receive any money and to whom she must prove, 
that the letter of exchange for the house, bought 
here, has been paid: in this manner the Orphans 
Chamber here will be fully satisfied and we shall be 
relieved from all other troubles. 

Messieurs Seth van Brugge and Jelis van Hooren 
Beeck. 
Messieurs Greeting ! 

In the ship Trouw (Faith) goes over Annetje 
Dircks, widow of the deceased Dirck Smitt, who has 



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to her credit with the W. I. Company about 2340 
Carolus guilders,^" which sum she might easily receive 
and without our caution diminish to the prejudice of 
her child. We have therefore by our resolution 
directed her, to call on you, so that she may not 
receive any money from the Company, unless you 
secure or take in deposit one half of it for the benefit 
of her child. To secure other values in Holland, 
Guelderland or elsewhere she has left enough 
property here. This, gentlemen, is only, because 
the widow has bought here a house, paying for it by 
a draft, which, it is feared, will not be paid, and 
coming back here protested, she would be in debt, 
requiriag the sale of her house and other property 
to the disadvantage of the child. We request you 
therefore to keep one half of the 2340 fl. from the 
Company, until the widow has proved to you, that 
said draft has fully been paid, which will leave the 
property here unencumbered ; then she may have 
the whole from the Company and do with it, what 
she pleases. Herewith closing, we remain your 
obliged friends 

The Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam in 
N. N. 

Amsterdam in N. N. July 22, 1661. 

Thursday, August 25, 1661, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. Olof Stevenzen Cortlant and Marten 
Cregier. 

'» Perhaps the Unite or Carolus of Charles I. of England, worth 20 shillings. 



of New Amsterdam. 189 

Jan Schryver requests the Board, to be discharged 

from the administration of the estate of Barent 

Oesterman and shows a note and account, due by 

Jacob Wolfersen (van Couwenhoven) to Barent 

Oesterman. 

The Orphanmasters direct, that the following 
order be given to Jan Schryver : Whereas Jan 
Schryver, with Nicolaas Velthiiysen administrator of 
the estate of Barent Oesterman has to-day, August 
25, delivered to this Board the papers, concerning 
said estate, therefore the Orphanmasters herewith 
thank him for his labor. Done etc. 

A Hard Coninck and the wife of Sybrant Janzen 
Galma appearing, are asked, whether they know, 
what money Grietje Adams, the widow of Hendrick 
Pietersen van Hasselt, has in Holland. Sybrant 
Janzen s wife says, she knows, that she has loaned out 
some money in Holland, received by her mother 
from a lottery ; it is out at interest, but she does not 
know, how much. Allard Coninck says, he has had 
power of attorney from Hendrick Pietersen van 
Hasselt, to collect the money, but he could not do 
it, as bail was required ; it is in the same writing, as 
what he has, made in the presence of Merritje 
Hendricks, widow of Arien Jacobsen, the mother 
of Sybrant Janzen's wife, and says, that there 
are 4, 5 or 5j^ hundred florins. Said Allard re- 
turning suggests it as the best thing to place 
the case into the hands of the Orphans Chamber at 
Amsterdam. 



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Order. 
Sieur Govert Loockermans is herewith directed by 
the Orphanmasters of this City to appear before 
this Board next Saturday, August 27, at 9 o. c. a. m. 
and report, what objections he has against the ac- 
count, deHvered to him on behalf of Hendrick 
Pietersen van Hasselt. 

Tuesday, September 6, 1661, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Olof Stevenzenvan Cortlant, Martin 
Cregier and Cornelis Steenwyck. 

Sieur Govert Loockermans comes and upon compar- 
ing the bill of Hendrick Pietersen van Hasselt with 
his own, he shows by an extract from the book of 
Joannes van Brugh, that some items, claimed by 
Hendrick Pietersen, have been paid. 

Order. 

Tielman van Vleeck is herewith directed by the 
Orphanmasters to appear before this Board next 
Thursday at 9 o. c. a. m., bringing with him all 
papers concerning the estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen. 

Leentje Dirckx Servaas, widow of Aris Otte, is 
informed, that pursuant to the order of the Orphans 
Chamber, she is bound, before marrying again, to 
give in an inventory and statement, to prevent any 
troubles with her first husband's friends. 

Order. 
Whereas Leentje Dirckx Servaas, widow of Aris 
Otte, intends to remarry and said Aris Otte has left 



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some property, therefore the Orphanmasters con- 
sider it necessary, that said Leentje Dirckx shall 
deliver to this Board a statement and inventory of 
all the goods, values, real and personal property, 
debts and credits, left by Arts Otte and they order 
her, to make such inventory before her second mar- 
riage in the presence oi Jan Joghimsen, mate of the 
galliot, and Jurrien Blanck, Burgher and inhabitant 
here, delivering the same to this Board. Done etc. 

Friday, September 9, 1661, at the City Hall pres- 
ent (as before). 

Sieur Govert Loockermans and Abraham Pietersen 
appearing, Abraham is asked, whereas this Board 
has received a bill of Hendrick Pietersen van Hasselt 
against Govert Loockermans, written by him, from 
what papers he has taken it. He answers in Loock- 
ermans' presence, from no papers, but from Hendrick 
Pietersen s dictation. 

Thursday, September 15, 1661, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Order. 
Sieur Tielman van Vleeck and Nicolaas Gangelof- 
sen Visser, administrators of the estate of Nicolaas 
Velthuysen, are herewith authorized and qualified by 
the Orphanmasters, after receipt of the money for 
the property of said estate sold, to pay pro rata to 
each of the estate's creditors, as circumstances and 
the cash in hand will allow. 



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Abraham Verplanck asks for the interest on the 
money of Madaleen Dircks, widow of Cornells Hen- 
dricksen van Dort, for her child or relief from the 
bailbond. He is told, it cannot be done, and it is 
promised, to send him a writing. 

Sieur Paulus Schrick requests payment of his 
claim against the estate of Pieter Jansen Winckel- 
hoeck, amounting to fl. 34.4 and David Wesselsen 
asks for payment from same estate of fl. 42.5. It is 
promised to issue an order for their payment. 

Friday, October i, 1661, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, and Marten 
Cregier. 

The Board orders to have an account of the 
estate of Hendrick Pieter sen van Hasselt made. 

Wednesda3^ November 3, 1661, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Martin 
Cregier and Cornelis Steenwyck. 

Before the Board appeared Teunis Cray, who pro- 
duces a bill against the widow of Hendrick Pietersen 
van Hasselt for board and attendance given to her, 
amounting to 280 fl., during the time, said widow 
has lived with him, to-wit seven months at 36 fl., 
which making 252 fl. is all paid to him. 

Thursday, December 8, 1661, at the City Hall (as 
before). 

Before the Board appeared Mary de Truy and 



of New A ms terdam. 1 9 3 

with her Isaack de Foreest, Old Schepen of this City, 
and Govert Loockermans, also Old Schepen, guard- 
ians of her minor children. Said Mary de Truy 
requests permission, to draw and receive the interest 
on 500 fl., settled on her children and secured on the 
house of Andries Joghimsen. As the guardians 
have no authority to allow that, she asks that such 
authority may be given them. The Orphanmasters 
grant the request and authorize the guardians to 
allow Mary de Truy to draw the interest of 500 fl. 
on the house of Andries Joghimsen. 

Tryntje van Cam-pen says, that there are due to 
her from the widow of Hendrick Pietersen van Has- 
self besides other sums 27 fl. After calculating the 
time the Orphanmasters find, there are due to her 
19 fl. 8 St., which are paid. 

Beletje Hermens, widow of Hermen the cooper, 
appearing is given for Grietje Adams, when she 
comes to board with her, a red skirt, a black cloth 
dress, two shifts, two stockings, and for herself 27 fl. 
board for three weeks. 

On the 23"* of October last said Grietje Adams 
has been sent to board with her for 9 fl. the week. 

The Orphanmasters have decided, as the money 
received for the property of Hendrick Pietersen van 
Hasselt has been spent, to turn over his widow to 
the Deaconry with the following letter of recom- 
mendation : 

Whereas Grietje Adams, widow of Hendrick 
Pietersen van Hasselt, has until now been supported 



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by the Orphans Chamber out of the means, left by 
her husband, of which nothing is left, and as con- 
sequently she is obliged to look to the Deaconry for 
her support, therefore the Orphanmasters herewith 
turn her over to the Deacons with the friendly re- 
quest and recommendation, to take good care of her 
and support her. 

It is further resolved, to give to the belownamed 
parties the following order, to-wit to Elsie Tymens, 
widow of Pieter Cornelissen van der Veen, Marycke 
Lubbers, widow of Abraham de la Noy, and Cornelis 
Pluyvier, widower of Geertruyt Andries from Koes- 
velt : 

N. N., widow, resp. widower, is herewith ordered 
by the Orphanmasters, to appear before them next 
Thursday, the is'*" of this month, bringing with you 
an inventory of the property, left by your deceased 
husband, resp. wife. Done etc. 

Thursday, December 15, 1661, at the City Hall 
(as before). 

Order for Claas van Elslant, the elder. 

Claas van Elslant, the elder, is herewith directed 
and ordered, within three times 24 hours to hand 
to Secretary Joannes Nevius the money, received 
from the sale of the property ol Jannetje Tomas and 
Margriet Samuel, with an account. 

Jacob Strycker appearing says, that in the year 
1654 he and Dajtiel Litsco were appointed adminis- 



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trators of the estate of skipper Jurriaen and as it 
has been settled, he comes to deliver to this Board all 
papers relating to it and he hands up the following : 

Agreement made with the widow, December 15, 
1654. 

Inventory of the property left, made December 1 2, 
1654. 

A mortgage on the house of said widow in Pearl 
Street, where she lives, dated December 18, 1654, 
for 666 Carolusguilders, 13 st, 51^ p. 

Govert Loockermans, guardian of Pieter Cornells- 
sen van der Veen's widow, coming in is asked, 
whether the widow has received an order from the 
Orphanmasters. He answers. Then he is told, 
that the usages and rules of Orphans Chambers re- 
quire the family of the deceased person to deliver to 
the Orphans Chamber a statement and inventory of 
the estate left. Therefore he is asked, whether the 
widow has made such a statement and inventory. 
He answers, she has not and cannot do it, as she 
does not know, how it is with her late husbands 
property in Holland and the books are not written 
up. He asks for tinie until the ships shall have ar- 
rived from home, as letters about the matter have 
been sent over by several vessels. This is granted. 
As it is necessary, that an administrator and guardian 
of the children on the part of the deceased should 
be appointed and Govert Loockermans proposes as 
such Aldert Coninck, the nearest blood relation of 



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the deceased in this country, the same coming before 
the Board is told, that as there is nobody on Pieter 
Cornelissen van der Veens side to serve as guardian 
of his children, the Orphanmasters appoint him with 
Govert Loockermans and being informed, that Govert 
requests time until the arrival of the ships from 
home to settle the estate, he declares himself satis- 
fied with it, unless the widow should marry again 
before that, when she should be held to give an in- 
ventory of her property, left by the deceased. The 
Board agrees to that. 

Marycke Lubbers, widow of Abraham de la Noy, 
appearing is informed of the Ordinance of the 
Orphans Chamber and asked, whether she and her 
husband had made a testament between them. 
Answering Yes, she shows it and it having been read 
by the Board, it was found, that the Chamber is 
excluded and has nothing to do with the estate, but 
it was ordered, to record it in the Orphans Book. 

In the Name of the Lord ! Amen ! Know every- 
body, that to-day, the 25''' of April, 1654, about 4 
o. c. p. m. before me, Dirck van Sckelluyne, Notary 
Public, residing at New Amsterdam in New Nether- 
land, appointed by their High: Might: the Lords 
States General of the United Netherlands and before 
the witnesses, named below, appeared the worthy 
Abraham de la Noy and Maria Lubberts, husband 
and wife, living in this City and to me, the Notarj', 
and the witnesses well known, both of sound mind 
and body, having their memory and reasoning power. 



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who, considering the frailty and brevity of human 
life, the certainty of death and the uncertainty of its 
hour, therefore wish to anticipate the same by a 
proper disposition of their temporal property and 
declare, that well advisedly, without being persuaded 
or misled by anybody, they have resolved upon, con- 
cluded and made this, their testament and last will 
in the following manner : first they commend their 
immortal souls, when they have left their bodies, to 
the merciful and gracious hands of God, their 
Creator and Saviour, and their bodies to a Christian 
burial, at the same time revoking and annulling all 
and every testamentary disposition, heretofore made 
and executed by them, singly or jointly, and dis- 
posing anew they have bequeathed to their three 
children, Abraham, Peter and Marycke de la Noy and 
what other children they may have during their 
married life, as they hereby do, instead of their 
legitimate share the sum of 500 fl., to be divided 
among them in equal shares by the survivor in such 
good pay, as then shall be current, when they shall 
have come of age or marry. Of all the other 
property, real and personal, bonds, credits, money, 
gold and silver, coined or uncoined, jewels, clothing, 
linnen, woollen, household goods, nothing excepted 
or reserved, left by the first of the testators dying, 
they make each other mutually the sole and universal 
heir, as they hereby do the survivor, to do therewith 
as he or she would do with other free and unen- 
cumbered property, without interference or con- 



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tradiction by anybody, the survivor being held 
honorably to support, bring up and educate said 
children until their coming of age or marrying and 
they are fit honestly to earn their own living, besides 
to fit them so out in case of marriage, as the sur- 
vivor's discretion shall deem proper ; further to do 
all for said children, what behooves a good father or 
mother to do, they having that faith in each other. 
In case one of the children should die, its legitimate 
share shall devolve upon the other child or children 
living. 

Testators have further excluded the Director 
General and Council as well as the Magistrates of 

O 

this City and all others representing the Orphans 
Chamber in this country^' or people, who would wish 
to interfere with the bringing up of said children, for 
the testators do not wish anybody to have power over 
them, but in place thereof they appoint as guardian 
of the children and administrator of the property, as 
they hereby do, the survivor with power to select 
and join to him or herself as guardian or guardians 
one or more persons : nor do they wish, that the 
survivor shall be called upon for a statement and 
inventory of the estate under any pretext whatever, 
on pain of losing the effect of this disposition. The 
testators declare all the foregoing to be their testa- 
ment and last will, which they desire shall, after the 
death of the first of them, have full effect as testa- 
ment, codicill, donation in re mortis or otherwise, 

" The Orphans Chamber was not organized until later. 



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as it best may stand, even though some of the 
solemnities of law may not have been observed and 
they request me, the Notary, to make and deliver one 
or more copies hereof in proper form. Thus done 
and signed at New Amsterdam in N. N., at the 
house of the testators in the presence of Hendrick 
Jansen van der Vin and Reynier Rycken, merchants 
here, called in as witnesses, who have signed the 
original record hereof, in my charge, with the 
testators. 

Beneath stood : In witness Dirck van Schelluyne, 
Not. Pub. and by the side of his signature the seal 
of the Notary was impressed in red wax under 
paper. 

Before the Board came Cornells Pluyvier, who was 
informed of the rules of the Orphans' Court and as 
his wife has died, he is asked, whether he has made 
a statement and inventory of the property, left by 
his wife. He produced a reciprocal testament, made 
by his wife and him, which having been read by the 
Board, it was found to give a legacy of 150 Carolus 
guilders to the wife's brother, if alive, and if dead 
to his children. The Orphanmasters decide, that 
Cornells Pluyvier shall execute a bond for paying 
said legacy which he promises to do. It is also 
ordered to record said testament : 

In the Name of the Lord ! Amen ! By the tenor 
of this instrument know ye everybody, that on 
the . . . day of September 1656 at about 5 o. c. p. m, 
before me, Seger van der Pullen, Notary Public, 



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appointed by the Court of Holland and residing in 
the City of Haarlem, and before the witnesses, 
named below, appeared Cornelis Jansen Pluyvier and 
Geertruyd Andries of Koesvelt, husband and wife, 
Cornelis Jansen being in good health and Geertruyd 
Andries lying sick abed, but nevertheless having by 
Gods grace and mercy full possession of her reason, 
intellect, memory and speech, as was clearly seen 
and nothing else could be noticed, who both de- 
clared, considering the brevity of human life on this 
earth, which is perishable like grass and hay, yea, 
like a flower in the field ; that nothing is more sure, 
than death and nothing more uncertain, than its 
time and hour, they wish to anticipate this uncer- 
tainty by disposing of their wordly goods and declare, 
because of the singular love and affection, they have 
for each other, they name one the other sole and 
universal heir, as they hereby do, of all the property, 
which the first dying may leave behind, so that the 
survivor may do with this property, as with other 
free and unencumbered property, without interfer- 
ence or contradiction by anybody, whoever he may 
be, provided however, that in case he, the testator, 
should die before his dear wife, she, the testatrix, 
shall be held to turn over X.o Jan Joosten Plavier (sic) 
testator's father, if then alive and not otherwise his 
legitimate share, which according to strict law he 
may claim from the testator's property and for that 
purpose he constitutes his father as co-heir. If it 
should happen, that she, the testatrix, dies before 



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her dearest husband, then it is her wish and will, 
that within a year and six weeks after her death the 
husband shall pay to her brother, if alive, or if not 
to his children, the sum of 150 Carolus guilders and 
no more. Testators declare the foregoing to be their 
testament and last will, desiring, that after their death 
it may be obeyed and carried out, having full effect 
and power as testament, codicill, donatio in re mortis 
etc etc. Thus done and executed at the house of 
Jan Joosten Plavier, where testators live, in the pres- 
ence of Lauwerens (?) and Willem de Ram, called in 
as witnesses, who have signed this record with the 
testators and me, the Notary. Beneath stood : " In 
witness 6". v. der Pullen, Notary Public. 

Before the Orphanmasters of the City of Amster- 
dam in N. N., appeared Cornelis Pluyvier, who 
declared that under the testament, made by him and 
his late wife, he owes to her brother, if alive, or if 
dead to his children the sum of 150 Carolus guilders, 
Holland currency, devised to him resp. them as 
legacy by said testament. This sum of 150 fl. he 
promises to pay to his said brother-in-law or children, 
giving as security a special mortgage on his house 
and lot on the Westside of the Heere Straat (Broad- 
way), bounded South by the house and lot oi Jacob 
Vis, West by the lot of De Samuel Drisius, North 
by the City Wall and East by said street and gener- 
ally binding his person and property, movable and 
immovable, present and future, nothing excepted, 
subject to all laws and courts. In witness whereof 



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he has signed this at Amsterdam in N. N. December 
ag, 1 66 1. Cornelis Pluvier 

To my knowledge Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

Thursday, December 22, 1661, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

The estates, left by Jannetje Tomas and Margriet 
Samuel, were considered ; it was also ordered, to 
summon for the next meeting Raghel van Tien- 
hoven, Cristyn de Haas and Margriet Hardenbroeck, 
also Tomas Hal and Pieter Stoutenburgh, adminis- 
trators of the estates of Margriet Samuel and 
Janneke Tomas. 

Thursday, December 29, 1661, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Before the Board appeared Tomas Hal and Pieter 
Stoutenburgh, administrators of the estates, left by 
Margriet Samuel and Janneke Tomas, who after 
some conversation regarding them with the Orphan- 
masters were directed, to make as soon as possible a 
settlement with each of the creditors and to report 
it to this Board, so that each may be paid as much 
as the estates will allow. 

Vroutje Gerrits, the wife of Cousyn, the wheel- 
wright, coming in is asked for payment of her 
arrears for the verhaalde estate and is told, that she 
still owes 37 fl. 16 St., whereupon she says, she had 
paid 6 fl. to Claas van Elslant on her debt and had 
bought a plough for Dirck van Tright; she asks, 



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whether Dirck van Tright is not bound to pay for it 
and is told, no one else is bound but the purchaser. 
Her request for time until next week is granted. 

Isaack de Foreest brings his book, by which he 
shows, that after an accounting with Claas Marten 
there is still due him from the estate no fl.; as the 
Orphanmasters have decided, that everybody, who 
has bought of the estate, must pay for it, and is to 
receive his pay from the estate according to its cir- 
cumstances, he says, he does not intend to pay 
and if he had known it, he would have proved it. 
Then he is asked, whether when requested he would 
confirm his account under oath and answers Yes : 
whereupon he is allowed to keep, what he has pur- 
chased on account and the balance shall be paid to 
him out of the estate, if possible, with which he is 
satisfied. 

As her husband does not appear and nothing has 
been heard from him, when she comes in, Raghel 
van Tienhoven is asked after the property of her 
husband. She answers, she has not yet settled with 
the Company, who retains his books. Asked 
whether she has appointed guardians for her chil- 
dren, she says No and is ordered to select two of 
her friends, who may take in hand the case with the 
Company : she is given time for consideration, 
which she accepts. 

Margriet Hardenbroeck, widow of Pieter Ru- 
dolfus, is requested to bring an inventory of the 
estate of her late husband and asked, whether she 



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has guardians for her children, she answers, that 
there is a guardian in Holland, who is expected 
shortly to arrive. As she cannot make the inventory- 
so quickly and does not know, how her late hus- 
bands affairs in Holland stand, she asks for time, 
until the arrival of the first ships or until her brother 
comes, which is allowed. 

Thursday, February 23, 1662, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Bartholdus Maan requests to have the estate of 
Nicolaas Velthuysen wound up, so that he may 
receive, what is due him from the same ; he says, 
others receive their money and he not. He was 
promised, the administrators should be summoned 
and the matter investigated. The Orphanmasters 
direct, that the following order should be sent to the 
administrators. 

Tielman van Vleeck and Nicolaas Gangeloffsen 
Visser, administrators of the estate, relinquished by 
Nicolaas Velthuysen, are herewith ordered by the 
Orphanmasters to appear before this Board next 
Monday, February 27* at 9 o. c. a. m. and report 
on said estate. 

The Orphanmasters give notice, that Paulus 
Leendersen van der Grift has informed them, Aaltje 
Velthuysen had given him to be invested for her 
children out of the property, inherited from her 
father, 50 fl., which he has now and for which he 
will pay interest. 



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Symon Clasen Turck requests the Board for pay- 
ment of finishing the yacht of Reyntje Pieters and is 
told, as said Reyntje has settled with the Orphan- 
masters November 27 anno? he must look to 
Reyntje. 

As he has executed on behalf of his wife Joanna 
de Laat for the settlement upon her children of their 
paternal inheritance a mortgage, Jeronimus Ebbinck 
requests, that it may be annulled and he freed from 
claims. After reading his request the following 
answer was sent to him : 

^]\G.r&z.s Jeronimus Ebbinck has informed us, the 
Orphanmasters of this City, that his wife has settled 
upon her children their paternal inheritance in the 
Fatherland, which is recorded in the books of this 
Board, and whereas he therefore requests, that the 
mortgage, by him executed before us, be annulled, 
therefore the Board, after due consideration finding 
his request just, herewith strike out and annul said 
mortgage. Done etc. 

Herewith Weintje, the widow of Aart Willemsen 
dec'd., is ordered by the Orphanmasters to deliver 
to this Board next Monday, February 27, at 9 o. c. 
a. m. an inventory of her present estate, then to 
make a settlement on her children of their paternal 
inheritance. 

Monday, February 27, 1662, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Weyntje Elberts, widow of Aart Willemsen, 



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states, that she settles upon her children Willem, 
Annetje, Elbert and Evert Aartzen the sum of 2000 
fl. giving as security her house, mill building and 
lot, whereupon she is told to deliver an inventory of 
her estate next Thursday. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, administrator of the 
estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen, coming in is asked, 
how it stands with said estate. He says, he has 
collected some money and paid it out to one or the 
other ; he also requests, whereas his co-administrator 
Tielman van Vleeck is often across the river and 
away from home, that another be appointed in his 
place. He is told, he must call on the various 
debtors, but it was decided to wait, until van 
Vleeck comes and then they are to finish the work 
together. 

Caspar Steymits entering is informed, that he 
owes to the estate of Cleyn (little) Claasje 168 fl. 
He says, by order of Tomas Hat he has paid Mr. 
Jacob Varrevanger 100 fl. and requests time of at 
least a month. Whereupon he is told, that as the 
estate can give no time, the money must be put up. 
He is therefore requested to execute an order in 
favour of the Treasurer for 68 fl., to be paid out of 
the houserent of Mr. Evert, which he does. 

Thursday, March 2, 1662, at the City Hall pres- 
ent (same as before). 

Asser Levy coming in requests, that Mr. Paulus 
van de Beeck may pay on his account to the estate of 



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Claas Martensen 260 fl. It is decided, that Assur 
Levy must pay his own debts, 

Tielman van Vleeck on his appearance is ordered, 
to summon for next Thursday all the debtors of the 
estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen, to settle up the 
estate. 

Weyntje Elberts, widow of Aart Willemsen, 
delivers an inventory of her property and requests, 
that Burgomaster Paulus Leendersen van der Grift 
and Symon fansen Romeyn be appointed guardians 
of her children, which is allowed and they are to 
make an agreement with her according to the fol- 
lowing order : 

Whereas Weyntje Elberts, widow of Aart Wil- 
lemsen, intends to marry again and take Cornelis 
Aarssen, widower of Beletje Hendrickx, as husband, 
and whereas said Weyntje has four minor children 
by said Aart Willemsen upon whom before the 
solemnization of her marriage she is willing to settle 
their paternal inheritance, so that when they come 
of age or marry they may have their own, therefore 
the Orphanmasters of this City herewith, after com- 
munication with and approbation of the widow, 
appoint the Hon'''^ Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, 
at present Burgomaster of this City, and Symon 
Jansen Romeyn, Burgher and inhabitant here, as 
guardians, who are authorized to make as guardians 
and administrators with the widow such an agree- 
ment on behalf pf the children concerning what 
comes to them from their father's estate by a com- 



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plete inventory and appraisal, statement of debts 
and credits, as justice may require, and to report the 
same to this Board for approval. Done etc. 

Thursday, March 9, 1662, at the City Hall pres- 
ent (as before). 

The following persons, summoned by Jan Jelyssen 
Koek for their debts to the estate of Nicolaas Velt- 
huysen, appear and answer as follows : 

Resolveert Waldron states, that he has paid to 
Nicolaas Velthuysen, but as he will not confirm this 
under oath, it is decided, he must pay again, which 
he agrees to do. 

Pieter Janzen Metselaar (mason) offers to swear, 
that the 2 f. 2 to Velthtiysen . . . 

Pelgrum Clock proves by his book, that he has 
paid 20 f. 4 and offers besides to swear to it, if 
necessary. 

Symon Clazen Turck says in regard to a note of 
34 f., that the same was taken by Velthuysen against 
some goods of Symon Hermsen Cort, left with him 
and consisting in 5 deerskins, unprepared, 7 to 8 
heifers. He is ordered to bring in in 8 days what 
he has against it. Symon Hermsen Cort states, 
that for account of Velthuysen, he has received 
from Symon Clasen Turck 16 planks at 24 st. the 
piece a month or six weeks after having married his 
present wife. 

Lodowyck Pos, called upon for 33 f. says, he has 
made on that account two drawers for 10 fl., which 



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is credited to his account and he is ordered to pay 
the balance of 23 fl, to the administrators next week. 

Re-inter Wisselpenninck, carpenter, says about the 
item of 13 fl. 16, that he has paid and has had 
nothing thereafter, which he can freely swear to. 
He is directed to prove payment or take the oath 
and to consider it, 8 days' time are given him. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven says, he has settled the 
4 fl, 8 in account and there is still due him for a 
spade. He offers to prove it by his book in eight 
days. 

Order to Mattheus de Vos, directing him to bring 
to the next session of the Board the balance of the 
money from the sale of N. Velthuysens goods. 

Raghel van Tienhoven inquires, what must be 
done to recover the books of her husband, retained 
by the Company. The Orphanmasters promise to 
do their best for her and decide for that purpose to 
make the following request to the Director General 
and Council : 

To the Noble, Very Honourable the Director 
General and Council of N. N. 
[Blank in original] 

Before us, the Orphanmasters of the City of 
Amsterdam in N. N., appeared Weyntje Elberts, 
widow of Aart Willemsen, who declared, that ac- 
cording to the agreement, made with Burgomaster 
Paulus Leendersen van der Grift and Symon Jansen 
Romeyn, Burgher residing here, guardians of said 



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Weyntje's children, she truly owes to her children 
Willem, Annetje, Elbert and Everts Arents the sum 
of 2 200 fl. for their paternal inheritance, that is to 
each child 550 fl., which sum she promises to pay to 
each child on coming of age or marrying in good, 
strung current wampum, for which she gives as 
security to the Orphans Chamber a mortgage on 
her house, mill and lot on the Eastside of the Heere 
Straat (Broadway) between the houses and lots of 
Isaack Greveraat, Schepen of this City, on the 
North and Samuel Etsal on the South, further gen- 
erally binding her person and property, movable 
and immovable, present and future, nothing ex- 
cepted, subject to all laws and courts, especially 
said Orphans Chamber. In witness whereof she has 
signed this with her own hand at Amsterdam in 
N. N. March 9, 1662. 



This is ^ 1^1- the mark 

of Weyntje Elberts, made by herself. 

Saturday, March 11, 1662, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Mattheus de Vos, Bailiff of this City, coming in is 
asked, how it stands with the estate of Nicolaas 
Velthuysen and what money has been received from 
the sale of the goods. He answers, he cannot say, 
as he has not the record of the auction and requests 
authority to compel the unwilling by execution. 



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Order. 

Mattheus de Vos, the Bailiff of this City, is here- 
with ordered and directed by the Orphanmasters to 
demand from Claas van Elslant, the elder, the 
record of and the money received for the goods of 
Nicolaas Velthuysen, sold at auction, to collect the 
money not yet paid and to levy by execution on 
those, who will not pay, reporting all to this Board 
next Thursday, March 16. 

Tomas Hall, administrator of the estates of 
Jannetje Tomas and Margriet Samuel, coming in is 
told, to pay to Metje Greveraat for the child of 
Jannetje Tomas, placed in her charge January 15, 
1 66 1, of the sum of 150 fl. in wampum for the year 
81 fl. 4 and there were paid to said Metje out of 
the money of Claas van Elslant 75 fl., making a 
total of 156 fl. 4. 

Thursday, March 16, 1662, present at the City 
Hall Messrs. Olof Stevensen van Cortlant and 
Marten Cregier. 

Mighiel Jansen states, that he has a claim against 
the estate of Hendrick Pietersen van Hasselt, where- 
upon he is told, said estate had a surplus of only 
16 fl. 14, which are given him and he is satisfied. 

Mattheus de Vos delivers the list of the sold 
goods of Nicolaas Velthuysen and says, there are 
some, who have bought some goods and have claims 
against the estate, which they wish to set off : he 



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requests, that Jan Gillissen Kock and Claas van 
Elslant go about and collect the balance, he himself 
promising to do his duty towards those, who refuse 
to pay. This is approved by the Orphanmasters 
and those unwilling to pay are to be summoned. 

Order. 

Jan Jelissen Kock is herewith ordered by the 
Orphanmasters to go about with Claas van Elslant, 
the elder, collect the money, still due to the estate, 
deserted by Nicolaas Velthuysen, to make a list of 
all, who refuse to pay, note the reasons for their 
refusal and report to this Board. 

Tomas Hal and Pieter Stoutenburgh, adminis- 
trators of the estates of Margriet Samuel asid. Jan- 
netje Tomas, appear before the Board. 

Thursday, March 23, 1662, at the City Hall pres- 
ent (as before). 

The son of Cornells Aarsen appearing says, that 
Willem, the orphaned son of Margriet Samuel has 
lived for some tim^ at his parents' house and as his 
father after the death of his mother has turned the 
farm over to him, he requests the Orphanmasters to 
leave said Willem in his service. He is told, first 
to speak with Willem and then to come with him to 
the next session of the Board. 

Hendrick Lambersen Mot requests payment for 
his trouble with Jan Hutsitson, while sick. The ac- 
count handed in by him having been examined, the 



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Orphanmasters allow and pay him 60 fl., with which 
he is satisfied, giving a receipt. 

Thursday, April 6, 1662, at the City Hall present 
as before and Cornelis Steenwyck. 

The persons, summoned hy Jan Jelissen Kock for 
their debts to the estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen, 
answer as follows : 

David Joghimzen — 91 fl. 1 7. — acknowledges the 
debt and says, he did not know, but that it had 
been paid hy Jacob Jansen Sam. He is ordered to pay. 

Sybrant Jansen Galma — 118 fl. 10. — admits the 
debt and asks for four weeks time, in which he 
will pay. Granted. 

Frerick Aarzen — 6 fl. 16. — says, he has paid 
to Mattheus de Vos, who called in denies it. He 
then thinks, he must have given the money to Claas 
van Elslant, who is also called in and asked, 
whether he has received money from Frerick 
Aarzen : he answers No. 

Jacobus Backer — 27 fl. — says, he first wants to 
know, how much each is to receive pro rata, who 
has a just claim and he pretends, he is not obliged 
to pay more, than after a repartition of the accounts 
he shall be found to owe. The Board does not 
agree with him. 

Order for the Bailiff. 

The Bailiff is herewith ordered and directed to 
demand and receive the money, due to the estate 



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of Nicolaas Velthuysen for goods sold from it, and 
to prosecute unwilling debtors with the utmost rigor 
of the law. 

Raghel van Tienhoven appearing the request, 
made on her behalf to the Director General and 
Council March g"" last and the answer thereto are 
read to her, but as the answef is rather long, it can- 
not be recorded with the request, on the margin of 
which it stands and it is therefore deposited in the 
drawer of chest No. 4. 

Order. 

Anneke Litsco, widow of Daniel Litsco, Is here- 
with ordered by the Orphanmasters to appear be- 
fore them next Thursday, April 13, bringing with 
her an inventory of the estate of her late husband. 
Done etc. 

Thursday, April 27, 1662, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Marten Cregier, Cornelis Steenwyck, and 
Pieter van Couwenhoven. 

Before the Board appeared Caspar Steimits and 
/oris Wolsy in relation to the administration upon 
some property, inherited by and belonging to Mary 
Botlaar, who having married and being present 
with her husband requests the Board to inquire for 
the property. Being questioned about it said 
Caspar shows a contract, made with Joris Wolsy 
and Tomas Baxter and written by Notary David 
Provoost October 31, 1661, by which he binds him- 



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self to pay to said Mary Botlaar, being the daugh- 
ter of Dorathe Astens, his late wife, the sum of 
600 fl. in six years each year 100 fl., of which he has 
already paid to the daughter as per account : Joris 
Wolsy produces a statement of what he has delivered 
to said Mary, which the Orphanmasters find to be 
as follows : 



Mary Bottlaar 


Credit. 


Debit. 


By inheritance fl. 600 
" Adam Mott as per a/c 53.5 


To paid to Caspar 
Steymits for expenses 


fl. 653.5 


since the year 1651, 
when she lived at 




Jacob Hay's, as per 
a/c No I and con- 




tract fl. 82.7>i 




" Expense account 
No. 2 fl 80.11, taxed 




to " 70. 
" Joris Wolsey for 




various expenses, as 

per No 3 " 100. 

" Do. do. " 3.12 




" three cows " 273. 




fl. 528.i9>i. 



Having received the accounts oi Joris Wolsy and 
Caspar Steymits, concerning the administration of 
the property, inherited by Mary Botlaar, the 
Orphanmasters of the City of Amsterdam in N. N. 
have found, that Joris Wolsy still owes Mary a 
balance of 36 fl. 13 St., besides an account and 
return of three cows with information of where they 



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are and what increase they have had from the year 
1654 to date; and as to the account of Caspar Stey- 
mits it is found, that he still owes said Mary Botlaar 
89 fl. 12^2 St. and they are both ordered to pay their 
debts as soon as possible. Done etc. 

Pursuant to order of the Board of April 6 Anna 
Claas Croesens, widow of Daniel Litsco, produces 
the testament made by herself and husband, which 
is ordered recorded. 

Testament. 

In the name of the Lord, Amen ! Know ye every- 
body, who may read this public instrument or hear it 
read, that on the 26''' of December, 1661, at about 
3 o. c. p. m., before me, Mattheus de Vos, Notary 
Public, appointed by the Hon'''' Director General 
and Council and residing at Amsterdam in New 
Netherland, and before the witnesses, named below, 
personally appeared the worthy Daniel Letsco, Lieu- 
tenant of a Company of Burghers in this City, sick 
abed, and Anna Claas Croesens, his wife, to me, the 
Notary, well known as well in body and both in pos- 
session of their memory and reason, using them 
freely, as was apparent to us, — who considering human 
sickness and frailty, the certainty of death and its 
uncertain hour and not wishing to leave this world 
without testamentary dispositions have in the best 
manner, quite voluntarily made their testament and 
last will as follows : they first commend their immor- 
tal souls, when leaving their bodies, to the endless 



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mercy of God, and their bodies to the earth by a 
Christian burial ; they revoke and annul all former 
testaments and last wills, by them jointly or singly 
made and executed, not wishing, that anybody shall 
meddle therein in any way, but holding them with 
all points, clauses and legacies contained therein as 
powerless and of no value. Then as the testatrix 
has a son of her first marriage with.yizw Jansen 
Swaartveger, called Hermanns Jansen Swaartveger 
and born at Castel Rio Grande in Brazil, now about 
19 years old and studying the art and practice of 
surgery here in this City, as the paternal estate, 
settled on him, has through troubles and misfortune 
at sea become mixed up with the property of the 
testators, which was not very important, as it has 
pleased the Lord to bless them here in this country 
with worldly goods, honestly acquired, — in coming 
to the disposition of their property, the testators 
devise to said Hermanns Jansen, in place of his 
paternal inheritance, as they herewith do, the sum of 
400 fl. in good, strung wampum, which the survivor 
of them both shall be bound to pay him, when he 
comes of age or marries with their consent and con- 
sidering, that said Hermanns Jansen has costed the 
testators already a good sum for learning surgery 
and will cost more, which they will and wish shall be 
taken by him as his legitimate childs share of his 
parents' property ; they have made and constituted, 
as they hereby do, their daughter Anna Litsco, now 
about 14 years old, also heiress of 400 fl. of good. 



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strung wampum, to be paid, as before, by the sur- 
vivor as her legitimate share, when she comes of 
age or marries with the consent of the survivor. 
Further out of the special love and affection, which 
they bear to each other, the testators reciprocally 
name and constitute the survivor universal heir 
of all property, movable and immovable, bonds 
and credits, linnen, woollen, gold and silver, coined 
and uncoined, clothing, household goods, nothing 
excepted, which the first dying may leave, who 
hereby empowers the survivor to do therewith, as he 
or she pleases, without interference or contradiction 
from anybody and without being obliged to give an 
account or inventory, but excluding all including 
their children under pain of losing, if they should 
oppose this testament and last will, especially exclud- 
ing herewith the Orphans Chamber of this City or 
where testators might die and all others concerning 
the guardianship of their said children and the 
administration of their property for they do not wish, 
that these shall have any trouble about it. The testa- 
tors further herewith authorize each other, that the 
survivor may elect as co-guardian of the children, 
whom he or she pleases, and they substitute the said 
two children, Hermanns Jansen Swaartveger and Anna 
Letsco to inherit each one half of the estate, left by 
testators, to do therewith as with their own and if 
one of said children should die, while a minor, his or 
her aforesaid pre-legacy and legitimate hereditary 
share shall then devolve upon the survivor of them, 



of Neiv Amsterdam. 219 

at whose death, while a minor, it shall go to the 
survivor of the testators and if such minor child 
should die after the death of the surviving testator, 
his or her share is to go to the nearest blood rela- 
tions of testatrix, then alive, for it is not desired, that 
the blood relations of him, the testator, shall have 
anything, because he has never received any kind- 
ness or help from them, although they might and 
could have done it; they are hereby expressly 
excluded for good reasons the testators hereto 
moving. Finally the testators say, it is their last 
will, that in case they, jointly or singly, should change, 
increase or decrease the provisions, here made, by 
an instrument under their hand or hands, it shall be 
held to be of such force and value, as if it were 
included herein. The testators declare the foregoing 
to be their reciprocal last will and they demand, that 
in every respect it shall be carried out strictly and 
inviolably either as testament, codicill, donation causa 
mortis among living or otherwise, as is done with a 
testament and last will, even though some solemnity, 
required by law, may not have been observed, here- 
with deprecating all rules, ordinances and laws, 
hindering and preventing the execution hereof. 
Done at testators' house in Amsterdam in N. N. in 
the presence of Freryck Gysbertsen van den Bergh and 
Pieter Lauwerensen, inhabitants of this City, called 
in as credible witnesses, who signed the record 
hereof with the testators and me, the Notary, on the 
date as aforesaid. Beneath stood : After comparison 



220 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

this copy is found to agree with the original. 
Quod attestor. 

Mattheus de Vos, Notary Public. 

Thursday, June 15, 1662, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Marten Cregier and Cornells Steenwyck. 

Abraham Jansen, the carpenter, coming in asks 
the Board for 400 fl., in wampum at interest on his 
house and lot, where he lives and is promised, that 
he shall have it to-morrow or Saturday. 

On June 17, 1662, the aforesaid 400 fl. have been 
handed to said Abraham Jansen by Mr. Marten 
Cregier as follows, he executing a mortgage on his 
house, recorded in the register of mortgages. 



A box with wampum fl., 87, 

38 

75 
100, 

55 
43 



5 

17 

4 



fl. 400. 



This money comes 

^from the estate of 

Jan Hutson, paid 

by Reintje Pieters 

This from Cleyn 

Claasie. 



Thursday, July 20, 1662, at the City Hall present 
Messrs. Marten Cregier, Cornelis Steenwyck and 
Pieter van Couwenhoven. 

Mr. Marten Cregier proposes, that the City 
needed some money and therefore the Burgomasters 
asked to have 600 fl. on interest : as the money on 



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221 



hand earned no interest, it was unanimously resolved 
by the Board, to loan 600 fl. to the City at 10 p. c. 
and the following parcels were handed over : 



A box with 


fl. 51 


brought over 


fl. 


367-8?^ 


li ti 


" So-VA 


A box with 




18.15 


A paper " 


" 26.6 


ti it 




i8.i6j^ 


A box " 


" 49-16 


H 11 




54. 


A paper " 


" 18 


■1 << 




37-3 


11 <( 


" 18 


l( 1( 




87.6 


(1 •< 


" 20.12 


ti n 




15-14 


H li 


" 29.10 


loose money 




-17 


A box " 


" 14 










*( 


" 90 






fl. 600. 



fl. 367.8^ 



We, the undersigned Burgomasters and Rulers of 
this City of Amsterdam in the New Netherland, 
acknowledge and declare, that on the date as below 
we have received from the Orphans Chamber of this 
City six hundred florins in wampum, which we 
promise to return and pay to said Chamber on call 
in such pay, as wampum then shall rate between man 
and man, giving interest at ten per cent yearly from 
this day until the full and effectual repayment of 
said sum. For the fulfilment hereof we bind all the 
City's property, nothing excepted, subject to all laws 
and courts. In witness whereof we have signed this 



22 2 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

at Amsterdam in New Netherland on the 20'** of 
July, 1662. 

Oloff Stevensen. 

p. L. VAN DE Grift. 



Whereas Margriet Hardenbroeck, the widow of 
Pieter Rudolfus, intends to become the wife of 
Frerich Flipsen and the bans have already been 
published, therefore the Orphanmasters of this 
City order and direct said Margriet Hardenbroeck, 
before the solemnization of her marriage to deliver 
to this Board a statement and inventory of the 
property, left by said Pieter Rtidolfus and to be 
settled on his child as inheritance. This she is to 
do in eight days, on the last of this month. Done 
at Amsterdam in N. N., November 23, 1662. 

By Order, etc. 

Monday, December 4, 1662, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. Marten Cregier and Cornelis Steenwyck. 

Margriet Hardenbroeck, the widow of Pieter 
Rudolfus, coming in is told, that as she intends to 
marry again she must settle upon her child by said 
Rudolfus the property, inherited from the father. 
She says, that at present she can make no settle- 
ment, as her affairs are not ready, but, she adds, she 
has taken care of that, for by the marriage contract 
with her new husband provision is made, that this 
child is to inherit a like share with the children she 



of New Amsterdam. 223 

may have during this marriage. The Board decide, 
that said marriage contract is to be recorded in the 
Orphans book and that guardians of the child must 
be appointed, as which are named the father of said 
Margriet Hardenbroeck and Jacobus Backer : she 
was ordered to notify the Board at the next session. 

Abraham Pietersen Molenaar (miller) reports, that 
his daughter requests, he and Sybout Claassen should 
be the guardians of her children by her deceased 
husband Tomas Jansen Mingael, but as said Mingael 
had an uncle, living at Fort Orange, the Orphan- 
masters decide, that he too must be a guardian, ac- 
cording to the following instrument : 

Whereas Tomas Jansen Mingael \\.'as, died, leaving 
besides the widow three small children, which re- 
quires, that administrators of his estate and guard- 
ians for his children should be appointed, therefore 
the Orphanmasters of this City elect and qualify as 
such Abraham Pietersen Molenaar, the father-in-law 
of the deceased, Sybout Cla'ssen and Cornelis Teunis- 
sen, called Kees Schoester (^Cornelis the shoemaker), 
herewith ordering said Abraham Pietersen and 
Sybout Classen, in the absence of said Cornelis 
Teunissen, whom the season and conditions do not 
allow to be present, to make an inventory of said 
estate as soon as possible and report it to Mr. 
Marten Cregier, President of the Orphans Chamber, 
in 14 days, to be disposed of then, as the best inter- 
ests of the widow and heirs should require. 



2 24 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

The Orphanmasters resolved to write to Mr. 
Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, asking him to pay 
over to Jan Julissen Kock the 50 fl., settled on 
Aaltje Bickers children, so that they may be placed 
in the chest of the Orphans Chamber. 

Cristina de Haas is hereby ordered to appear 
before this Board at the next session. 

Thursday, December 14, 1662, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Marten Cregier, Cornells Steenwyck 
and Peter van Couwenhoven. 

Catarina de Haas appearing is told, whereas her 
husband has now been from home for some years 
and rumor has it, that he had died on the Islands, 
she must, agreeably to the rule of the Orphans 
Chamber, give an account and inventory of her 
husbands estate and settle on the child the paternal 
inheritance. She says, that up to date she had no 
sure information of her husbands death, that it was 
only rumored here, that her estate is not settled yet, 
that there are several creditors in Holland, from 
whom she expects to receive the power of attorney 
next year. 

Annetje Dircks, late widow of Dirck Smitt, is in- 
formed, that Jacob Strycker and Isaack Grevenraat, 
guardians of her child, request, that she shall settle 
on her child the paternal inheritance. She answers, 
she has done that in Holland and shows an instru- 



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ment to that effect, dated January 20, 1662, to the 
amount of 400 fl. and a further settlement of 600 fl. 
secured on her house here, dated March 31, 1662 : 
asked, whether she has received the whole of her 
husband's pay from the Company and whether she 
has called on Messrs. Horenbeeck and Verbruggen, 
she says Yes. The Orphanmasters decide and 
order her, to appear before the Board with her hus- 
band in eight days and it is resolved to send her in 
the meantime the following instrument : 

Annetje Meinders, formerly widow of Dirck 
Smiti, late Ensign in the service of the West India 
Company here, has shown to the Orphans Chamber 
of this City the settlement on her child of the 
paternal estate, made in Holland by a note for 400 
fl. given to the Orphans Chamber at Amsterdam, 
Holland, and besides it mortgaged her house and 
lot on the Heerewegh (Broadway) in this City for 
600 fl. Holland currency ; this settlement not appear- 
ing sufficient to the Orphanmasters, they therefore 
request Messrs. Jacob Strykcer and Isaack Greveraat, 
guardians of said Annetje Meinders child, to make 
such other agreement with her about the settlement, 
as they shall consider fair and best for the child. 
Done etc. 

Margriet Hardenbroeck coming in produces the 
marriage contract, made by her and Freryck Flipsen, 
her future husband, but not signed. This contract 
having been read and considered, the Board does 
not deem it sufficient to show, that the paternal in- 



226 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

heritance is settled on the child, because it says, 
first, that the survivor shall not be held to give any 
account to the children or relations nor an inventory 
of the estate, excluding all : secondly, the fifth 
article says, that if the contracting parties should 
have no children, no settlement shall be made on 
her child. Margriet Hardenbroeck is therefore 
ordered to make a settlement on the child of the 
paternal inheritance in eight days from date. 

Monday, December i8, 1662, at the City Hall 
present (as before.) 

Abraham Pietersen Molenaar (miller), grand- 
father of the children of Tomas Jansen Mingael, and 
with Sybout Classen, guardian of said children, in- 
form the Board, that they fear, the estate of Tomas 
Jansen owes more, than is due to it, and they, re- 
quest therefore, that two of the principal creditors 
be appointed administrators. The Board decides 
and tells them, to make that request to the Court. 

Margriet Hardenbroeck is asked, whether she has 
spoken with her fiancd about what was told her last 
Saturday ; saying, she had done so, she is directed 
to bring him in. 

Paulus Heimans is asked after the condition of his 
property and of the goods, left by his deceased wife. 
Answering, that all had been sold, he is asked, how 



of New A msterdam. 227 

many children he has, and says two, both children of 
his wife by her first husband, named Volckje and 
Andries. The Orphanmasters direct him to have a 
statement of incoming and due moneys made by 
Gabry the Vendumaster, and to show it to the 
Board next Thursday. 

Frerick Flipsen and Margriet Hardenbroeck, 
coming in are asked for their marriage contract and 
how it is understood, and after explaining it they 
signed the following document. 

Before the Orphans Court appeared Margriet 
Hardenbroeck, widow of Pieter Rudolfus, prospective 
bride, assisted by her future husband, Frerick 
Flipsen, who jointly declared, as it was impossible to 
make a settlement on her child by Pieter Rudolfus, 
called Maria, of the paternal estate, the more so, as 
it was not known, by whom they might be called on 
for debts of Rudolfus' estate, therefore Frerick 
Flipsen, out of special love and affection, promises, 
as he hereby does, to keep said child as his own and 
if his wife, her mother, should die before him, leav- 
ing only this child, he declares, he makes her now 
the heiress of all her, the wife's, and his property, 
provided he does not marry again and died unmar- 
ried. But if he should marry again, then he could 
and would give to said child a just half and if he 
and Margriet should have one or more children, he 
declares, that Maria aforesaid shall share alike with 
them. In witness whereof both have signed this at 



228 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

the Orphans Chamber in Amsterdam in N. N. 
December i8, 1662. 

Fredryck Flypsen 
Margrita Hardenbroeck 
We, the undersigned Orphanmasters, are satisfied 
with the foregoing settlement and have signed this 
in proof thereof. Date as above. 

Martin Kregier 

CORNELIS StEENWYCK. 

1663. 

Whereas, Tielman van Vleeck and Claas Gangelof- 
zen Visser have been elected administrators of the 
deserted estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen by the 
Orphanmasters and said van Vleeck has moved from 
here to live in the Village of Bergen in this Province, 
whereby it has become necessary to appoint some- 
body else in his place, therefore the Orphanmasters 
herewith elect and qualify Pieter Jacobsen Marius, 
who is requested with said Claas Gangelofzen Visser 
to settle said estate as quickly as possible, take over 
the money in hands of said van Vleeck and of the 
Bailif Mattheus de Vos and collect the outstanding 
debts, so that the estate may at once be closed 
up and the creditors receive their dues. Done at 
Amsterdam in N. N. January 17, 1663. 

Monday, January 29, 1663, at the City Hall pres- 
ent (as before). 

Annetje Meinders, formerly widow of the late 



of New Amsterdam. 229 

Ensign Dirck Smitt, appearing is informed, that the 
Orphanmasters do not consider the settlement, 
made in Holland, sufficient and that she is still 
bound to make another settlement, the more so as 
the house and furniture here are security for it. 
After some hesitating, Annetje agrees to talk with 
her husband about it and make another settlement. 
The Orphanmasters having resolved to appoint 
another guardian to act with Jacob Strycker and 
Isaack Greveraat elect as such Hendrick Smit, 
brother of the deceased, to whom, coming in, this is 
communicated and he is asked about the payment 
of the note, settled on the child in Holland. An- 
swering, his brother has come from Holland and 
knows more about the matter, he is requested to 
inform himself about it. 

Commission. 

Whereas the Orphanmasters deem it best, that 
besides the guardians, already elected for the child 
of Dirck Smitt dec'd., Ensign in the service of the 
West India Company here, another be appointed, 
therefore they authorize to act as such Hendrick 
Smit, brother of the said Dirck Smitt dec'd. Done 
etc. 

Thursday, February 8, 1663, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Marten Cregier and Cornelis 
Steenwyck. 

Adam Brouwer, Tomas Verdon and Arien Wil- 



230 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

lemsen appearing produce an extract from the 
Record of Resolutions of the Court of Breuckelen, 
dated January 24, 1663, and having been referred 
by said Court to this Board, as the extract shows, 
they request, that Master Pautus be ordered, to let 
them have their fathers property, for which purpose 
the following order is made : 

Adam Brouwer, Tomas Verdon and Arien Wil- 
lemsen, all children by previous marriages of the 
wife of Paulus van de Beecq, having shown an ex- 
tract from the Record of Resolutions of the Court 
of Breuckelen, dated January 24, 1663, request, 
whereas up to date they have not yet received their 
father's inheritance, that they may have it from Mr. 
Paulus van de Beecq, who has hitherto retained it. 
The Orphanmasters decide, as persons and property 
are not within the jurisdiction of this City and the 
power of this Board does not extend beyond the 
limits of the jurisdiction, that therefore petitioners 
must address themselves to the Director General 
and Council of N. N. 

Jacob Strycker and Isaack Greveraat come in with 
Stoffel Barensen Smitt, brother of the deceased 
Dirck Barensen Smitt, late Ensign in the service of 
the W. I. Company here, also Annetje Meinders, 
widow of said Dirck Barensen Smitt, assisted by her 
present husband, Abel Hardenbroeck. Having re- 
ceived the settlement, made on her child by Annetje 
Meinders in Holland, and having seen the state- 



of New A ■msterdam. 2 3 1 

ment and inventory of the property of her late hus- 
band, the Orphanmasters declare the settlement 
insufficient and require her to make another. 
Finally after estimating the value of the inventorized 
goods and after some haggling said Annetje made 
in the presence and with the consent of her present 
husband an agreement with the Orphanmasters, 
to-wit, that when her child by said Dirck Barensen 
Smitt comes of age or marries she promises, as she 
hereby does, to pay her iioo fl. Holland currency 
and besides 700 fl. in good, strung, current wam- 
pum, as it then, when it becomes due, shall pass 
here in the City between man and man. Both, 
Annetje Meinders and Abel Hardenbroeck, further 
promise, honestly to bring up said child, with those 
God may give them during their married life, give 
her food and clothing, in health and in sickness, 
instruct her in God's Word, let her go to school, 
have her taught to sew and to do all, which 
pious and good parents are bound to do, all with- 
out diminishing said sums of money. For the 
carrying out of the foregoing they give to the 
Orphanmasters as special security both their houses 
and lots in this City, one East of the Heere 
Straat (Broadway), bounded North by Jan Hen- 
dricksen van Gunst, South by the house and lot of 
Geertje Hoppe, the other on the Westside of the 
Prince Graft (Broad Str.), between the houses and 
lots of Cornells Barensen van der Kuyl on the South 
and of the widow of Pieter Rudolfus on the North, 



232 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

generally binding their persons and property, noth- 
ing excepted, subject to all laws and courts. In 
witness whereof they have signed this at Amsterdam 
in New Netherland, January 31, 1663. 
Abell Hardenbruck. 



This is — I - - the mark 

of Annetje Meinders, made by herself. 

Thursday, February 22, 1663, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Marten Cregier, Cornelis Steenwyck 
and Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven. 

Schepeny<a;« Vznge and Pz'eter Stoutendurgk report, 
that as Raghel van Tienhoven has died, it is necessary 
to appoint guardians for the children and adminis- 
trators of the estate and the Board agreeing with 
them elect as guardians and administrators saxdjan 
Vinge and Pieter Stoutenburgh and with their knowl- 
edge and consent as co-administrators Schepen 
Jacques Cousseau, who in the presence of Cornelis 
Steenwyck, late Schepen and now Orphanmaster, are 
to make an inventory of and settle the estate, con- 
form to the following instrument: 

As Raghel van Tienhoven has died on the 1 8"* of 
February of this year, leaving three minor children, 
Lucas, Joannes and Janneke, and besides some prop- 
erty with outstanding and incoming debts, which 
requires the appointment of guardians and adminis- 
trators, to settle and close up the estate for the 
satisfaction of the creditors and that the heirs may 



of New Amsterdam. 233 

come to their own, therefore the Orphanmasters 
elect and qualify as guardians and administrators, as 
they hereby do, the Hon'''' Jan Vinge, Schepen of 
this City and brother of the deceased, Pieter Stouten- 
burgh, her brother-in-law, and besides them as co- 
administrator the Hon*"'' Jacques Cousseau, also 
Schepen, who, in the presence of the Hon''"' Cornelis 
Steenwyck, late Schepen and now Orphanmaster, 
chosen from this Board by the guardians and here- 
with authorized, are to settle the estate, make as 
soon as possible an inventory of all the property, 
real and personal, left by deceased, and report the 
same to this Board for such disposition, as circum- 
stances shall make it proper. Done etc. 

To-day Metje Greveraat was paid for board of the 
child of Clein Claasie 200 fl. 

Monday, March 12, 1663, at the City Hall present 
(as before). 

Merritje Loockerman, wife of Govert Loockermans, 
requests, that the Board may qualify two persons to 
examine the books and papers of Pieter Cornelissen 
van der Veen dec'd. and settle his estate. She is 
informed, that the Board has thereto appointed her 
husband and Aldert Coninck, whereupon she asks, 
that her husband might be excused and somebody 
else appointed in his place, to avoid all suspicion 
against him among the friends in Holland. After 
due consideration the Board authorize and qualify 
Aldert Coninck dind Joannes de Peister. 



234 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Commission. 

Pieter Cornelizen van der Veen having died in the 
year 1661 and having left besides the widow three 
minor children, Cornells, Tymen and Grietje, for 
whom guardians and administrators of the estate 
left must be appointed, therefore the Orphanmasters 
of this City herewith authorize and qualify as guar- 
dians Aldert Conine k and Joannes de Peister, late 
Schepen of this City, who are requested and directed 
to make an inventory of the movable and immovable 
property, furniture, bonds, debts and credits, left by 
the deceased here in this country and elsewhere and 
to make such agreement with the widow over the 
paternal inheritance of the children, as equity shall 
demand, reporting the same to this Board. Done 
etc. 

Catharyna Ernstingh, widow of Hendrick Jansen 
Sluyter, is asked after the estate of her husband and 
whether he has left anything. She answers, only a 
house, which she tries to sell, as she intends to 
remove to Holland with her children, for which she 
requires the money as fare ; 600 fl. have been offered 
to her. 

Jan Jelizen Kock, having at his request been 
favored with the ofifice of Messenger and Door- 
keeper of the Orphans Chamber, of which so far no 
commission has been given him and the Orphan- 



of Neiv Amsterdam. 235 

masters finding him very vigilant and attentive in 
the performance of his duties, they have allowed 
him to present before this Board all property, mov- 
able and immovable, for public auction and sell it, 
for which and for collecting the money for goods 
sold he shall have one oortje ^^ on the guilder, which 
the Vendumaster of this Chamber shall pay him out 
of his commission : he is further allowed for collect- 
ing the money from the sale of the goods of Claas 
Martens widow and Tomas Samuel's widow one 
half of what the auctioneer receives, the other half 
going to Claas van Elslant. Done etc. 

Wednesday, March 14, 1663, at the City Hall 
present (as before). 

Aldert Coninck 3.ndi Joannes de Peister, guardians 
and administrators of the minor children of Pieter 
Cornelissen van der Veen, produce a statement of 
said van der Veens estate, including goods, bonds, 
debts and credits; and it is found, that the estate 
owes more, than is due to it. Elsie Tymens, widow 
of said Pieter Cornelissen, is asked, whether she 
knows anything about more debts or property, which 
should be added to the inventory. She answers, 
she knows nothing about more debts, but there were 
some trifles of property, not worth describing. The 
Orphanmasters decide, that the guardians shall make 
a conditional agreement with the widow about set- 
tling on the children their paternal inheritance, which 

" A small division of the penny of which 20 made a guilder. 



236 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

having been done here at the City Hall and sub- 
mitted to the Board was approved, reading as 
follows : 

To-day, the 14* of March, 1663, appeared at the 
Orphans Chamber of this City Elsie Tymens, widow 
of Pieter Cornelissen van der Veen, party of the first 
part, and Aldert Coninck '^'x^h Joannes de Peister, late 
Schepen, elected guardians of said van der Veens 
minor children, Cornelis, Tymen and Grietje Corneli- 
zen van der Veen, parties of the second part, who 
declared, that they had made with each other a con- 
tract or agreement for settling upon the said children 
their paternal inheritance. After having taken an 
inventory and considered demands and offers said 
Elsie Tymens promises to give to each of her said 
children, when of age or about to marry, the sum of 
200 fl., in wampum, altogether 600 fl., provided the 
debts in Holland can be paid out of the property, 
inherited from said van der Veen's parents, amount- 
ing according to his books and papers to 6890 fl., 12 
St., to-wit to Balthasar van Eyndhoven 1795 fl., 8, 
and to Cornelis Albersen van der Veen, father of 
said Pieter Cornelissen van der Veen 5095 fl., 4 ; if 
however these debts in the Fatherland cannot be 
paid out of the aforementioned property, then this 
contract shall be null and void and if it should hap- 
pen, that the inheritance from said Cornelis Albersen 
van der Veen, father of Pieter, amounted to more 
than the aforesaid debts of Pieter Cornelissen to 
Balthasar van Eyndthoven and his parents, then the 



of New Amsterdam. 237 

surplus is to go to said children on one side and 
their mother on the other, each side receiving one- 
half, unless Cornells Albersen van der Veen makes 
a different disposition. Both sides declare to have 
agreed upon the foregoing and said Elsie Tymens 
promises to carry it out under the provisions of the 
law. In witness whereof the record hereof in the 
books of the Orphans Chamber was signed by both 
sides at Amsterdam in New Netherland on the day 
as above. Signed Elsie Tymens, Aldert Coninck, 
Joannes de Peister. 

Thursday, March 29, 1663, at the City Hall, pres- 
ent Messrs. Allard Anthony, Cornells Steenwyck, 
Joannes van Brugh. 

The Orphanmasters resolve and order, that Jan 
Jelissen Kock shall report to this Board a list of the 
buried dead and how they are buried ; also to sum- 
mon Tysie Willems, widow of Willem Pietersen de 
Groot, to appear at the next session. 

On a slip of paper, pasted in : 

Whereas Annetje Meinders, widow of Dirck 
Barensen Smitt, has shown to the Orphanmasters of 
this City an instrument, drawn in Holland, settling 
upon her child the paternal inheritance, which settle- 
ment after receiving and examining the statement 
and inventory of the estate of deceased the Orphan- 
masters did not find sufficient for the child, therefore 
the guardians of said child are herewith requested 
and authorized to make, assisted by Hendrick 



238 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Barensen Smitt, brother of the deceased and now- 
appointed co-guardian and administrator, on behalf 
of the child with Annetje Meinders such agreement 
concerning the settlement, as they shall consider 
just. 

Thursday, April 26, 1663, at the City Hall present 
(as before). 

Isaack Greveraat coming in is told, that his wife 
having died it is customary to make a settlement on 
the children of their mothers property, and asked, 
whether a testament had been made by him and his 
wife, he answers Yes, but it does not contain the 
clause of exclusion of the Orphans Chamber. As 
he has it not with him, he is ordered to fetch it and 
returning he shows it. Having read it and found, 
as he said, the Board decides, that guardians for the 
children must be appointed and elects as such 
Tomas Lambersen, father-in-law (? stepfather) of the 
deceased, and Schepen Jacques Cousseau, to whom is 
given the following 

Commission. 

As Lysbet Jurriaans, wife' of Sieur Isaack Gre- 
veraat, has died, leaving besides the widower two 
minor children, called Andries and Hendrick Gre- 
veraat, for whom and the property, left by her, it is 
necessary, according to the praiseworthy customs of 
our Fatherland, to appoint guardians and adminis- 
trators, so that neither the widower on one side nor 
the children on the other may be injured in their 



of New Amsterdam. 239 

rights and inheritance, therefore the Orphanmasters 
of this City authorize as such, as they herewith do, 
Tomas Lambersen and Schepen Jacques Cousseau, 
who are requested and directed etc etc (word for 
word the same as above, March 12, 1663). 



Anneke Rysens, the widow of Salomon la Chair, is 
asked, whether she and her husband had made a 
testament between them. She says Yes showing it 
and the Board directed, it should be recorded. 

Merritje Jans Joncker, widow of Cornells Lange- 
velt, is asked about a testament, made by her and 
her husband, and upon her producing it, it is also 
ordered to be recorded. 

In the Name of the Lord, Amen ! 

In the year of the birth of our Saviour Jesus 
Christ sixteen hundred three and sixty, on the f^ of 
February, at about 7 o. c. p. m. appeared before me, 
Walewyn van der Veen, Notary Public, appointed 
by the Director General and Council and residing at 
Amsterdam in New Netherland, and before the 
witnesses, named below, the worthy Cornells van 
Langevelde and the virtuous Merritje Jans Joncker, 
called from Rotterdam, husband and wife, residing 
here, and to me, the Notary, well known, both in 
full possession of mind, memory and reason, as was 
evident to me and witnesses, who, considering the 
shortness and frailty of human life, the certainty of 



240 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

death, its uncertain hour, have to anticipate the 
same, well advisedly without persuasion or mislead- 
ing annulled and made void all former testaments or 
instruments of last disposition, made by them jointly 
or singly, and commending their souls to the merci- 
ful hands of God Almighty and their bodies to an 
honest burial, they come anew to a disposition of 
the property, given them by God. Out of special 
love and affection towards each other the testators 
give to the survivor all profits from all property, 
real and personal, left by the first dying, to be used, 
employed, administered and enjoyed by the survivor 
during life or until remarriage and the survivor shall 
benefit by the effect hereof without being held to 
give inventory, account or other information to the 
children or nearest of kin or the Orphans Chamber 
of this or another City, much less give bail in any 
shape, notwithstanding any laws, rules or ordinances 
of said Orphans Chamber. The survivor shall be 
held, honestly to bring up the children, give them 
food and clothing, make them go to school and at- 
tend to their other bodily necessities, have them 
taught a profession, art or other honest vocation, by 
which they may earn their living. . . They name 
and institute as final heirs their two sons, Cornelis 
and Jan van Langevelde, with the child, of which 
testatrix is now pregnant, and such other children, 
as by Gods blessing they further may have. . . 
Witnesses Jacob Teunissen Day and Jacobus van de 
Water. 



of New Amsterdam. 241 

Testament of Salomon la Chair and Anneke 
Ryzens. 

In the name of the Lord, Amen ! 

In the year of the birth of our Saviour Jesus 
Christ sixteen hundred two and sixty, on the 3"^ day 
of December about 4 o. c. p. m. appeared before me 
Walewyn van der Veen, Notary Public, appointed 
by the Director General and Council and residing at 
Amsterdam in New Netherland, and before the 
witnesses, named below, the worthy Salomon la 
Chair and the virtuous Anneke Ryzens, husband and 
wife, residing here and to me, the Notary, well 
known, both in full possession of their mind, memory, 
reason and speech and using them freely, but he, 
Salomon, lying sick abed, who, considering the short- 
ness of human life, the certainty of death and the 
uncertainty of its hour and wishing to anticipate it 
have with good intention and well advisedly, without 
having been misled or persuaded by any one, com- 
mended their souls to the merciful hands of God 
Almighty etc., as in the preceding testament ex- 
pressed and written, for the same purposes, as the 
Notary has recorded. Thus done and executed in 
said City at testators' house in the presence of Bur- 
gomasters Oloff Stevensen van Cortlant and Schepen 
Jacob Strycker, asked in as witnesses, who have signed 
the original, deposited in my, the Notary's, charge, 
with the testators and me, the Notary. Beneath 
stood : Quod attestor, signed Wal. van der Veen, 
Not. Public. 



242 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Lysbet Ackerman, widow of David Ackermans, 
coming in is informed, that according to the custom 
of our Fatherland she must give to this Board a 
statement and inventory of her late husband's prop- 
erty, whereupon she answers, she has only a few 
household goods, of which she occasionally has to 
sell some to procure food for her children, offering, 
if required, to confirm this under oath. She is 
allowed to go home and promised, that she shall not 
be summoned again before her marriage, provided 
she does her duty by the children. 

Whereas Tysje Willem, widow of Willem Pieter- 
sen de Groot, who has come in, has not made a testa- 
ment with her husband, therefore the Orphanmasters 
appoint as guardians and administrators for her 
children Sieur Govert Loockermans ^xvdi Hendrick van 
de Water, ordering that a commission be given 
to them. 

It is further ordered, that guardians and adminis- 
trators be appointed for the children, left hy Judick 
Robbers, late the wife of Arien Huybersen, and Claas 
Gangeloffsen Visser with Aldert Coninck are chosen, 
of which a commission is given to them : 

Whereas Arien Huyberzen, widower of Judick 
Robbers, intends to take another wife and marry 
Tysje Willem, widow of Willem Pietersen de Groot, 
%-sJid. Judick Robbers having borne him three children, 
still minors, for whom it is necessary to appoint 



of New Amsterdam,. 243 

guardians and administrators, to have a settlement 
of their mother's estate made upon the children 
before the contemplated marriage, so that when 
coming of age or marrying they may have their own, 
therefore the Orphanmasters of this City elect and 
qualify as guardians Claas Gangeloffsen Visser and 
Aldert Coninck, who are herewith authorized, to 
' make with said Arien Huybersen, after appraising 
the property and taking an inventory of the goods 
left, such an agreement for settling on the children 
their maternal inheritance, as justice demands, re- 
porting it to this Board for approval. Done etc. 
May 10, 1663. 

Whereas Tysie Willems, widow of Willem Pieter- 
sen de Groot, intends to marry again and become 
the wife of Arien Huybersen, widower of Judick 
Robbers, and said Willem Pietersen has left four 
minor children, for whom it is necessary to appoint 
guardians and administrators, to have a settlement 
of their father's property made upon her children 
before the marriage, so that they may have it on 
coming of age or marrying, therefore the Orphan- 
masters of this City elect and qualify as guardians 
Sieur Govert Loockermans, late Schepen, and Hen- 
drick van de Water, Burgher residing here, who 
(as in the preceding, mutatis mutandis). Done etc. 
April 26, 1663. 

Monday, June 18, 1663, at the City Hall present 
(as before). 



244 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

Lysbet Cornells, widow of Gerrit Hendricksen 
van Hardenwyck, coming in is asked, whether she 
and her late husband had made a testament. She 
answers, that on the day before his death she had 
asked her husband, whether he did not intend to 
leave something to her or to his children, whereupon 
he said, it was not necessary, as the property of 
their mother was settled on the children and if there 
were a surplus, she and the children should share 
equally. As upon the death of said Gerrit Hendrick- 
sen s ^rst.wi{& Hendrick Hendricksen Obe and Pieter 
van Couwenhoven have been made guardians of the 
children, they are now continued. 

Egbert Beninck appearing is asked, whether he 
and his deceased wife had made a testament between 
them. Answering No, he is told, he must settle 
upon his child the mother's estate, to which he says, 
he cannot do it, as he is himself under guardianship 
and returning he continues, that he has made 
Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, late Schepen of this 
City, and Symon Jansen Romeyn guardians of his 
child, who are qualified and continued as such by 
the Orphanmasters and it is requested, that before 
the father left for the Fatherland he may give an 
assurance to the child of the maternal inheritance or 
in case the father should die before his return. . . 
(incomplete). 

Isaack Greveraat comes and with him Tomas Lam- 
bersen, elected with Schepen Jacques Cousseau 
guardian of the minor children, left by Lysbet 



of New Amsterdam. 245 

Jurriaans, late wife of said Greveraat. As Gre- 
veraat intends to marry again Tomas Lambersen is 
asked, whether he on behalf of the children has made 
an agreement with him concerning the maternal 
estate and inheritance, whereupon Tomas Lambersen 
declares, that he and M.r. Jacques Cousseau\\2id.2igr&&6. 
with Greveraat upon a settlement on the children of 
4000 fl. in wampum, each child 2000 fl. as their 
inheritance, but had not yet settled the price of the 
wampum. As by order of the Orphans Chamber 
nobody is allowed to marry, before having agreed 
with the guardians about the settlement on the 
children of their inheritance and as said Greveraat 
intends to marry soon again, Tomas Lambersen is 
asked, whether he is willing, to let the marriage pro- 
ceed, before the agreement is concluded ; he says 
Yes, for without the knowledge of Mr. Cousseau he 
can do nothing and Cousseau has gone to Fort Orange, 

Saturday, August 18, 1663, at the City Hall pres- 
ent Messrs. A Hard Anthony and Cornelis Steenwyck. 

Before the Board appeared Pieter Stoutenburgh 
and with him Aart Cornelissen, who complained, 
that Pieter Stoutenburgh and Tomas Hal, the guard- 
ians of the children of Samuel Tomassen and Claas 
Martensen and administrators of the estate, intend 
to take away from him the aforesaid {sic /) Willem, 
who is hired to him. Pieter Stoutenburgh says, he 
has learned that Aart's wife beats and kicks said 
Willem, of which he has often complained to him ; 



246 Minutes of the Orphan Masters 

and this was also done last Friday a week ago, as 
four women confirm. Returning Pieter Stoutenburgh 
informs the Board, that he will take Willem into his 
house for as long a time, as the Orphanmasters 
please, and for some time he will board him for 
nothing, provided a Sunday coat is made for him out 
of his paternal property. Tomas Hal, also coming in 
and having been asked, what he has to say about this 
arrangement, does not oppose it and says, if there too 
the boy should be beaten, he would take him away. 
Said Willem was called in and asked, whether he 
will go to live with Pieter Stoutenburgh he says Yes, 
whereupon he is ordered by the Orphanmasters 
to behave and be careful at said Stoutenburgh s, 
which he promises to do. The Orphanmasters place 
said Willem into the charge of Pieter Stoutenburgh 
for board and clothing and for as long a time, as 
they please. 

Pieter Stoutenburgh and Thomas Hal coming in 
again ask for enough money out of the estate of 
Samuel Tomassen to provide said Willem with a coat 
and other necessaries. They are told, that the key of 
the Orphans cash box is not at hand and that it has 
to be seen, how much cash there is ; they should 
return next Thursday. 

Abel Hardenbroeck and Annetje Meinders, his wife, 
are informed, as on the 8* of February last they 
have settled upon Annetjie's child by Dirck Barensen 
Smitt 1 100 fl. Holland currency and 700 fl. in wam- 
pum, of which a record was made, but not signed 



of New Amsterdam. 247 

by them, they must do it. In answer they admit 
having made the settlement, but find themselves in 
difficulty, because they cannot bring up so much 
money in Holland currency and therefore cannot 
make up their minds to sign. 

Thursday, November 22, 1663, at the City Hall 
present Messrs. Allard Anthony, Cornells Steenwyck 
and Govert Loockermans. 

Seletje Jans, widow of Hendrick van der Walle, is 
asked, whether she and her late husband have made 
a testament. Answering No, she is further asked, 
how it is with the estate left by her husband. She 
says, she does not know, because she is ignorant of 
her husband's affairs in Holland ; before his death 
he had requested Joannes de Peister and Joannes 
Schevelbergh to look after his business and she asks, 
the matter might be delayed until the arrival of the 
ships from Fatherland. The Orphanmasters decide, 
that guardians of the child and administrators of the 
estate, left by Hendrick van der Walle, must be 
appointed and elect Joannes de Peister with Joannes 
Schevelbergh. 

Hendrick 3^, guardian and administrator with Pieter 
van Couwenhoven of the children of Gerrit Hendrick- 
sen van Harderwyck, requests, as Pieter van Couwen- 
hoven is always away from home on the Company's 

" Hendricksen Obe. 



248 Minutes of the Orphan Masters. 

service, that another be appointed in his place and 
the Orphanmasters elect Bartholdus Maan. 

Otto Gerrits, the son of Gerrit Hendricksen van 
Harderwyck, is urged, to take in hand the estate, left 
by his father, and write up the books ; so that the 
guardians may appraise the estate. 

Isaac k Greveraat and IsHr. Jacques Cousseau, with 

Tomas Lambersen guardian of the children of Lysbet 

Jurriaans by said Greveraat, come in to take their 

case in hand, but as Tomas Lambersen is not present, 

nothing is done. 

As Pieter van Couwenhoven, — by the Orphan- 
masters of this City on the 17"" of October, 1659, with 
Hendrick Hendricksen Obe appointed guardian of the 
children, left by Ytje, the widow of Gerrit Hendrick- 
sen van Harderwyck, who upon the death of said 
Gerrit Hendricksen were continued in their charge, 
— cannot because of his present duties in this con- 
juncture give the required attention to it and as it 
is necessary, to settle the estate of said Gerrit 
Hendricksen, therefore to further the settling the 
Orphanmasters deem it best to appoint somebody 
else in his place and elect Bartholdus Maan, request- 
ing and directing him with Hendrick Hendricksen 
Obe to take as soon as possible an inventory of all 
the property, bonds, debts and credits and report 
it to this Board for further disposition. Done etc. 



INDEX. 



AARTZEN, or Arents, An- 
netje, 206, 210 

Elbert, 206, 210 

'Evert, 206, 210 

Willem, 206, 210, 
AARZEN, Frerick, 213 
ABRAHAMSEN, Isaac, 81, 

82 
ACKERMAN, David, 242 

Lysbet, 242 
ADAMS, Grietje, 182, 189, 193 
ADRIAANSEN, Ariaanzen,Jan, 

97, IS9 

AERTSEN, Aarsen, Cornells, 
S, 58, S9-6i, 75, 79, loi, 104, 
no, 117, 134, 136, 138, 142- 
43, 145-46, 157, 207, 212 

ALLERTON, Isaac, senior, 49, 

99 
Mr., ss 
ANDRIES, Geertruyt, 194, 200 
ANDRIEZEN, Lauwerens, 129 
ANTHONY, AUard, i, 2, 6, 9, 

46, 75, 79, 80, 84, 85, 87, 99, 

102, 104, no, .112, 117, 121, 
124, 127, 237, 24s, 247 

ARENTS. See Aartzen. 
ASTENS, Dorathe, wife of Cas- 
par Steimits, 215 

BACKER, Jacob, 24, 54, 126, 
128, 129, 213, 223 
Nicolas, 158, 161 
BARENSEN, Cristiaen, 44, 58, 

103, 129 



BARENSEN, Jan, 156, 158, 176 
Jan, son of Barent Driesen, 

9 
BARENZEN, Bruyn, 43 
BARTELTSEN, Bartelt, 80, 81, 

83, 84, 100, 137-40, 143, 

147-49 
BAXTER, Thomas, 214 
BEECKMAN, Joghim-, 65, 66 

Willem, 17, 43, 45, 56 
BENINCK, Egbert, 244 
BESTEVAAR, Jan Jansen, 182 
BEYARDT, Balthasar, 29 
BICKER, Gerrit, 94 
BICKERS, Aeltje, 91, 94, 224 
BLANCK, Jurrien, ZT, 40, 41, 

80, 85, 191 
BLOMMART, Adriaen, 3, 8 
BOGARDUS, W., 29 
BONES, Boones, Janneke, 92, 

93, 94 
BONT, Pieter, 107 
BOON, Frangois, 106, 107, 108, 

115, 116, 117 
BOOT, Nicolaas, 154, 155 
BORDINGH, Claas, 39, 42, 45, 

64, 145, 158, 161 
BOTLAAR, Mary, 214-15 
BOUT, Jan Eversen, 9, 43, 108 
BRADIS, Bradys, Brady, James, 

45, 57, 65, 66, 69, n, 74, 85, 

112, 113 
BRESAR, Kerry, 47, 49, 52-55, 

61, (>Z, 85, 96-99, 114, 121, 

127, 129 



249 



250 



Index. 



BRESAR, Martje, 49 

Mary, 49 

Rebecca, 49 

Susanna, 49 
BRIL, Gerrit, 66, 68, 71 
BRONCK, Pieter, 125, 147, 182 
BROUWER, Adam, 229 
BRYEL Toussein, 136 
BRUYND, Hermen Reinercen, 

83, 84 
BRUYNSEN, Age, 178 

Bruyn, 178 

CAPPOENS, Cristyntje, 104 
CARELSEN, Hans, 136, 141, 

144, 146 
CARSTENSEN, Claes, from 

Sant, 32 
CECER, Pieter', alias Malle- 

mock, 4, 9, 13 
CLAASSEN, Sybrant, 223, 226, 
CLAASIE, Cleyn, 171, 206, 220, 

233 
CLAES, Annetie, ZZ, 4i 
CLASEN, Pieter, 90 

Tryntie, 31 
CLASSEN, Frans, 58, 68, 70, 

n, 80 

CLOCK, Clocq, Abraham, 17 

93, 94 
Pelgrum, 183, 208 
CLOPPENBURGH, Cornelis 

Jansen, 89, 90, gi, 158 
Jan Cornelissen, 90, 91 
CLOPPER, Cornelis Jansen, 32, 

8S, 137, 178 
CONINCK, Allard, 10, 189, 195, 

233-36, 242-43 
COPPE, Jacob, 100, loi, 102, 

104, 106, no. III, 113, 115, 

118, 134-37, 139-41, 143-46, 

151-53, 157, 170, 184 



CORNELIS, Anna, 39, 42, 46, 
64, 154, 158, 161 
Aryaentie, 24, 25 
Lysbet, daughter of Cor- 
nelis Aarsen, no, 136 
Lysbet, widow van Harden- 
wyck, 244 
CORNELISSEN, Aart, 245 
Jan, of Rotterdam, 30, 32, 
33, 37, 86; children of, 
32 
Pieter, go 

Willem, 137, 139, 140 
CORSSEN, Cornelis, son of 
Cors Pietersen, 40 
Hendrick, 40 
Pieter, 40 
CORT, Symon Hermsen, 208 
CORTELJOU, Jacques, 32 
COS. See Kos. 
COUSSEAU, Jacques, 232, 239, 

244-45, 248 
CRAY, Teunis, 192 
CREGIER, Martin, 173, 179, 
180, 182, 183, 187, 188, 190, 
192, 211, 214, 220, 222-24, 
229, 232. See Crygier. 
CROESENS, Anna Claas, wid- 
ow of Daniel Litsco, will, 
216 
CROMMETE, Margret, 126 
CROON, Dirck Jansen, 104 
CRYGIER, Cregier, Martin, 56, 
63, 65, 102, 117, 119, 122 

DAY, Jacob, Teunissen, 240 

DE BARY, Pieter, 119 

DE BRULL, Catharyna, widow 

of Anthony Rademan, 119, 

120 
DE BRUYN, Frangois, 98, 

157 



Index. 



251 



DE COLENAARi Lauwerens, 

170 
DE DECKER, Joannes, 139, 

143, 147-49 
DE FOREEST, Isaac, 17, 87, 

88, 103, 122, 193, 203 
DE GABRY, Timotheus, 88, 89, 
103, 106, no, 112, 115, 122, 
129 
DE GRAAF, Cornelis, 88, 95 

Hendrick, 88, 95, 155 
DE GROOT, Willem Pietersen, 

142, 237, 242, 243 
DE HAAS, Cristyn, 202, 224 
DE HAES, Andries, 7, 10, 13, 30 

37, 43, 1(> 
DE HULTER, Mrs. Anna, 109 
Joan, 167 

Joanna, daughter, 166, 168 
Johannes, 105, 106, 108, 109, 
112, IIS, 116, 117, 157, 160, 
166, 168, 169; will of, 162 
Joannes, son, 166, 168 
Mighiel, 106, 108, 109, 167-69 
Paiilus, senior, 169 
Paulus, 106, 108, 109, 166, 

168 
Samuel, 166, 168 
DE JONGH, Claes Willemsen, 
3 
Jan Gillis, 156, 185 
Jan Jansen, 34, 35, 57, 119-21 
DE LAAT, Joanna, wife of Jer. 
Ebbingh, widow of J. de 
Hulter, los, 108, 109, 115- 
16, 157, 160, 166-69, 20s ; 
will of, 162 
DE LA MONTAGNE, Joannes 

Monjeer, 92-94 
DE LA NOY, Abraham, 68, 69, 

^^, 80, 81, 83, 137-38, 147, 

194; will of, 196 



DE LA NOY, Abraham, son, 

197 
Marycke, 197 
Peter, 197 
DE MEESTRES, Styntje Pie- 

ters, 137, 140, 143, 148-49 
DE MILT, Anthony, 81, 83, 

137-38 
DE MOLENAAR, Elias, 167 
DE PEISTER, Joannes, 85, 87, 

no, 121, 127, 130, 132, 141, 

143, 149, iSi, IS3, IS7, 170, 

233-36, 247 
DE PRE, Jan, 126, 129, 150, 

IS9 
DE RAM, Willem, 201 
DE SILLE, Nicasius, 102, 103, 
117, 119, 121 
Walbrugh, 17 
DE TRUY, Mary, 192 
DE VOS, Mattheus, 108, 123, 
135, 138, 172, 177, 179, 209- 
II, 213, 216, 228 
DE VRIES, Reintje, 99, 113 
DIRCKS, Annetje, widow of 
Dirck Smitt, 186, 187, 224. 
See Meinders. 
Annetje, widow of Peter 

Kock, 160 
Eghbertje, 178 
Grytje, widow of Jan Nagel, 

43, 44 
Immetje, widow of Frans 
Clasen, 70 
DIRCX, Madaleen, widow of 
Corn. Hendricksen, 4, 7, 

29, 179, 192 
Hendricksen, 4, 7, 29, 179, 

192 
DRAYER, Lauwerens Andrie- 

sen, 102 
DREPER, Hans, 54 



252 



Index. 



DRIESEN, Barent, 9, 
DRISIUS, Domine Samuel, 201 
DUYCKINGH, Evert, 32, 93, 
94, 180 

EBBINGH, Ebbinck, Jeroni- 
mus, 105, 107, 108, 109, 
116, 160, 166-68, 205 

EBBINCK, Mrs., 85, 105, 106, 
108, 112. See Johanna de 
Hulter, de Laat. 

ELBERTS, Weintje, 205, 207, 
209 

ELBERTSEN, Elbert, 2, 8, 22, 

ELDERSEN, Isebrandt, 107 

ENGELBERTS, Eldert, 65, 66, 
74 

ENGELS, Neer, 27, 28 

ERNSTINGH, Catharyna, wid- 
ow Sluyter, 234 

ETSAL, Samuel, 210 

FLIPSEN, Frederick, 52, 222, 

22s, 227 
FOULER, Joseph, 112, 113 
FRANSEN, Claas, 68, 70 

Dirck, 68, 70 

Jacob, 68, 70 

Jan, 73 

Tymen, 68-69, 70 
FULLERWEVER, Gerrit, 89, 
90, 139, 158 

GALMA, Sybrant Jansen, 189, 

213 
GELL, Jan, 166 
GERRITS, Lysbet, 113, 124 

Vroutje, 202 
GERRITSEN, Jan,' 10, 113, 124 
Otte, 113, 124. See van Har- 
derwyck. 



GILLISON, Jan, 102 

GODERIS, Joost, 179 

GREVERAAT, Andries, 238 
Hendrick, 238 

GREVERAAT, Grevera, Gre- 
venraad, Isaac, 40, 46, 47, 
61, 96, 98, 159, 181-82, 210, 
224, 229, 230, 238, 244, 248 
Metje, 211, 233 

GREVERAER, Elizabeth, wid- 
ow of Elb. Elbertsen, 22, 
23 

GROESEN, Cornells, 15, 16, 19, 
21, 22 

HAGENAAR, Arien, 17S 
Cristina, 175 
Jacob, 175 
Jan Jansen, 159, 161, 181, 

183 
Jeremias Jansen, 161, 171, 
17s, 176, 177, 180, 181, 182 
Sofia, 17s 
HALL, Thomas, 5, 47, 49, 61, 
6s, (£, 76, 78, 96, 144-45. 

151, 171, 202, 206, 2II-I2, 
245-46 

HANZEN, Salomon, 129 
HARBERTSEN, Marten, 143 
HARDENBROECK, Abel, 230, 
246 

Margaret, widow Rudolfus, 
202-3, 222, 225, 226, 227 
HARMENSEN, Stoffel, 31 
HAY, Jacob, 215 
HEIMANS, Paul, 226 
HENDRICKS, Beletje, 207 

Geertie, 58, 68, 75. 11, 79. 
139. 142-45. 150-SI. 170 

Merritje, 189 

Styntje, 37 

Tryntje, 37, 40 



Index. 



253 



HENDRICKSEN, Cornelis, 
from' Dort, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 
13, 30 
Frerick, 183 
Gerrit, 113, 129 
Harmen, of Bergen, 30 
Hendrick, 17, 59 
Ryck, 60, 61, ^^, 79, 83 
HERMANS, Augustin, 16 
HERMENS, Beletje, 193 
HERMSEN, Frerick, 176, 180, 
181. See Hendricksen, F. 
HERWARTS, Andrees, 106 
HOM, Jan, 49 

Jeene, widow of Joris, 60, 

76, 114, 123, 172, 173 
Joris, 49, 52, 60, 76, 78, 172, 

173 
Priscilla, 173 
Willem, 173 
HOPPE, Catrina, 138 
Adolf, 138 

Andries, 58, 59. 68, 75, ^^, 79, 
82, 135. 137-38, 140, 144. 
14s, 170 
Geertje, 136, 138, 141, 231. 

See Hendricks, Geertje. 
Hendrick, 138 
Matthys, 138 
Wilhelmus, 138 
Huges, Jacob, surgeon, 9 
HUTSITSON, Jan, 47, 48, 49, 
S2-SS, 61, 63, 8s, 96, 98, 99, 
114, 121, 123, 124, I2S, 127, 
130, 181, 212; will of, 49 
HUTSON, Jan, 220 
HUYBERSEN, Arien, 242-43 
HUYGEN, Hendrick, 36 
HUYS, Jacob Jansen, (£, 71, 
100 

IMBROECK, Barbara, 92, 93 



JACOBS, Tryntje, 38 
JACOBSEN, Arien, 189 

Jacob, 39, 42, 46 

Pieter, 31 

Rut, 134 
JAGER, Cornelis Herpersen, 

126, 128 
JANS, Aeltie, 32 

Annetje, 178 

Dirckie, 34, 35, 56 

Elsie, 76 

Fytje, daughter of Jan 
Schutt, 44 

Hester, wife of Jacob van 
Couwenhoven, 12, 20 

Jannetje, 58, S9 

Jenneke, 81, 82 

Jetje, 123, 124 

Seletje, widow Van der 
Walle, 247 
JANSEN, Abraham, 220 

Albert, 76, 78 

Cornelis, 86, 178 

Cornelis, of Emden, 16, 19 

Dirck, 178 

Eduart, 55 

Evert, ID 

Lauwerens, 145, 158, 161 

Laurens, 9, 45, 64 

Michiel, 27, 28, 38, 43, 211 

Pieter, the Norman, 80, 85 

Rem, 170 

Roelof, 38, 41, 43 
JEMPTINGH, Jan, 173 
JOCHEMSEN, Andries, 17 
JOGHIMSEN, Andries, 193 

David, 213 

Jan, 191 
JONCKER, Merritje Jans, 
widow van Langevelt, 

239 
JORIS§EN, Burger, 98 



254 



Index. 



JURRIAANS, Lysbet, wife of 
Isaac Greveraat, 238, 244-45, 
248 
JURRIAENSEN, Eldert, 54 
JURYAENS, Maritie, 34 

KARREMAN, Mighiel de, 66 
KETEL, Hans, (£ 
KEUNINCK, Ariaan Fransen, 

84 
KIERSTEDE, Hans, 40, 97 
KIP, Hendrick, 5, 7 

Hendrick Hendricksen, 2 
Isaac, 4, 8, 32, no, 115, 135- 
37, 139, 141-43, 14s, 179. 
184-85 
Jacob, Secretary, 2, 8, 13, 16, 
17, 18 
KOCK, Pieter, 160, 174-75 
KOECK, Kock, Jan Jelissen, 
135, 156, 174, 177, 179, 185, 
208, 212, 213, 224, 234, 237 
KOS, Claes Pietersen, 17, 27, 28 

Marretie, 27 
KUYTER, Jochem Pr., 26 

LA CHAIR, Anneke Ryzens, 
will of, 241 
Salomon, 180, 181, 185, 239; 
will of, 241 
LAMBERSEN, Hendrick, 49, 
51. See Mol. 
Thomas, 238, 239, 244-45, 
248 
LANGEVELTHUYSEN, Nico- 
las, 130, 131, 132. See 
Velthuysen. 
LAUWERENS, Jan, 173 
Jurrien, 83 
Skipper, 50, 97 
LAUWERENSEN, Arent, 38, 
39, 41, 156 



LAUWERENSEN, Lauwerens, 

39, 42, 53, 98-99, 125 
Pieter, 100, loi, no, 157, 

219 
LBENDERSEN, Albert, 24, 25 
LEENDERTSEN, See van die 

Grift. 
LEUNISSEN, Jacob, 76, 78 
LEVY, Asser, 206 
LIEFFRINCK, Jan Babtista, 

170 
LITSCO, Anna, daughter of 

Daniel, 217, 218 
Anneke, widow of Daniel, 

214; will of, 216 
Letsco, Daniel, 160, 174, 19-, 

214; will of, 216 
LOOCKERMANS, Govert, 11- 

12, 14, 20, 190, 191, 193, 19s, 

196, 233, 243-44, 247 
Merritje, wife of Govert, 233. 
LUBBERS, Marycke, widow de 

la Noy, 194; will of, ig6 
LUBBERSEN Fredrick, 37, 

40, 41 

MAAN, Bartholdus, 183, 204, 

247 
MAES, Grietie, 27, 28 
MARIUS, Pieter Jacobsen, 39, 

42, 45, 64, 145, 154, 158, 161, 

228 
MARTENS, Claas, 203, 207, 235, 

245 
MEINDERS, Annetje, 228, 237, 

246; marries Abel Harden- 

broeck, 230. See Dircks, 

Annetje. 
METSELAAR, Pieter Jansen, 

208 
MEWES, Jan, 10 
MIGHIELSEN, Stoflfel, 54, 97 



Index. 



255 



MINGUEL, Thomas Jansen, 

223, 226 
MOBSMAN, Jacob Jansen, 68, 

69, yT, 80 
MOL, Hendrick Lambersen, 52, 

54, 181, 212 
Lambert Huybertsen, 52, 58, 

59, 75, 79, 138, 144, 150, 170 
MOLENAAR, Abraham Pieter- 

sen, 106, 107, 112, 223, 226 
MOOLENAAR, Gerrit, 82 
MORIAN, Morean. Jan Rut- 

gersen, 35, 57, 176, 180. 

See Jan Rutgersen. 
MOTT, Adam, 215 

NAGEL, Jan, 43, 44 
Jurriaen Jansen, 44 
Styntje Jansen, 44 
NEVIUS, Joannes, Secretary, 
32, 48, SS, 73, 81, 82, 87, 88, 
103, III, 112. 118, 122, 125, 
126, 129, 132-33, 149, 151, 
176, 194 

OBE, Hendrick Hendricksen, 
113, 114, 123, 159, 181-82, 
244, 247-48 

OESTERMAN, Barent, 47, 48, 
64, 66, 100, 176, 189 

OP DYCK, Gysbert, 36, 74 

OTTE, Aris, 190, 191 

PAULUSSEN, MIGHIEL, 66, 
68, 71, 73. See Karreman. 

PEECK, Peecq, Jan, 17, 55, 177 

PERIE, Jan, 177 

PETTET, Thomas, 57 

PHILIPPSEN. See Flipsen. 

PIETERS, Leuntje, widow of C. 
J. Cloppenburgh, 89, go 



PIETERS, Reintje, 205, 220 
PIETERSEN, Abraham, 191 

Claas, go 

Cors or Cornells, ZT, 40, 90 

Gerrit, 156, 158 

Rainier, 52 

Willem, 100, 102, no 
PLAVIER, Jan Joosten, 200 
PLUYVIER, Cornelis, 194, 199; 

will of, 200 
POS, Lodowyck, 208 
POTT, Cornelis Teunissen, 107 
PRICE, Jeremias, 167 
PROVOST, David, 17, 214 

RAD EM AN, Anthony, 119 
REIDERSEN, Hermen, 148 
REINHOUTZEN, Reinhout, 89, 

90, 139, 158 
ROBBERS, Judick, 242-43 
ROMEIN, Symon Jansen, 142, 
14s, 146, 150, 151, 156, 158, 
176, 207, 209, 244 
ROMYN, Jan Pietersen, 34 

Pieter Jansen, 34 
ROOS, Aeltie, 63, dy 
Cornelia, 61, 63 
Gerrit Jansen, 61, 63, 67, 73 
Joannes, 61, 6:^ 
Pieter, 61, 63 
RUDOLFUS, Maria, 227 

Pieter, 132, 135, 142, 161, 171- 
72, 176, 184, 203, 222, 227, 
231 
RUTGERSEN, Jan, 34, 100, 136. 

See Morian. 
RUYTERS, Tryntje, 174 
RYCK, Gosewyn, 60, 61 
RYCKEN, Hendrick, 60, 61 
Rynier, 2, 8, 22, 23, 199 
RYSENS, Anneke, widow la 
Chair, 239, 



256 



Index. 



SAM, Jacob Jansen, 213 
SAMANE, Isaac, 167 
SAMUEL, Margret, 194, 202, 

211, 212 
Thomas, 235 
Willem, 212 
SCHAAF, Hendrick, 137, 143, 

147, 149 
SCHABANCK, Pieter, 44, 104, 

I 12-13 
SCHEVELBERGH, Johannes, 

247 
SCHOESTER, Kees, 223 
SCHRICK, Paulus, 192 
SCHRYVER, Jan, 15, 17, 47, 

64, 66, 80, 81, 83, i?9 
SCHUTT, Fytje Jans, 44 

Jan, 44 
SCHUYLER, Philipp Pietersen, 

IIS, 116, 117 
SERVAAS, Leentje Dirck, 190, 

191 
SIECKEN, Dirck, 57, 67, 70 
Jan, 57 
Teunis, 58 
SLEGHT, Cornelis Barensen, 

107 
SLUYTER, Hendrick Jansen, 

234 
SMEMAN, Herman, 24, 25 
SMITT, Dirck Barensen, 186, 
187, 224, 229-30, 237, 246 
Hendrick Barensen, 229, 

237-38 
Stoffel, Barensen, 230 
ST A ATS, Abraham, 159 note 

Jacob Jansen, 144, 146 
STEENDAM, Jacob, 2 
STEENWYCK, Cornelis, 94, 
173, 179, 182, 184, 190, 192, 
213-14, 220, 222, 224, 229, 
232, 237, 24s, 247 



STEIN, Hans, 126, 128 
STEVENSEN, Oloff, 74, 86, 

See van Cortland. 
STEYMITS, Caspar, 206, 214-15 
STOFFELSEN, Jacob, 38, 175 
STOUTENBURGH, Pieter, 37, 
40, 41, 60, 61, 79, 171, 202, 
212, 232, 245, 246 
STRAATEMAACKER, Jan 

Dircksen, 74 
STREETS of New Amsterdam, 
44, S3, 59 note, 108, 180, 
201, 231 
STRYCKER, Angenietje, wife 
of Claas Tysen, 62 
Jacob, 10, 17, 60, 62, 70, 186, 
194, 224, 229-30, 241 
SWAARTVEGER, Hermanus 
Jansen, 217-18 
Jan Jansen, 217 
SWARTOUT, Thomas, 144 
SWITS, Appolonia, 25 
Claes, 25 
Cornelia, 25 
Cornelis, 25 

Cornelis Clasen, S, 24, 25 
Isack, 25 
SYMONSEN, Arien, 153 

TADES, Mighiel, 106 
TANIKRAFT, Jeen, 45 

Mery, 45 

Thomas, 45, 57, 6g, n, 79, 85, 
113 

Willem, 45 
TEN EYCK, Coenrat, 97 
TEUNIS, Claasie, 74 
TEUNISSEN, Claes, 27 

Cornelis, 223 

Gysbert, 79, 80 

Jan, 45, 57, 69, 73, III, 113, 
148 



Index. 



257 



TEUNISSEN, Tobias, S. 92-94 
TOBIASSEN, Teunis, 93 
TOMAS, Jannetje, 171, 194, 202, 

211-12 
Wilbreght, 90 
TOMASSEN, Samuel, 245, 246 
TONIS, Jannetje, wife of Dirck 

Siecken, 70 
TONNEMAN, Mr., 64 

Pieter, 183 
TOUNSEN, Jan, 113 
TURCK, Simon Clasen, 53, 98, 

205, 208 
TYMENS, Elsie, widow van 

der Veen, 194, 235-36, 
TYSON, Claas, 60, 62, 70 

URBANUS, Hermen, 93 
Neeltje, 93 
Urbanus, 93 

VAN AUWERYCK, Jurrien 

Jansen, 183 
VAN BEECK, Johannes, 3, 6, 

7, II, 12, 14 
Joost, 6, II 
VAN BOLSART, Reintje Pie- 

ters, 121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 

127, 147, 153, 181-82 
VAN BREESTE, Jan Jansen, 

132, 133, 134 
VAN BRUGGE, Carl, 41 

(Verbrugge) Seth, 187 
VAN BRUGH, Joannes, 108, 

149, 150, 158, 161, 190, 

VAN BRUNT, Rut Joosten, 

31 
VAN CAMPEN, Tryntje, 174, 

177, 179, 182, 193 
VAN CORLAAR, Arent, 107, 

142 



VAN CORTLAND, Oloff 
Stevenson, i, 2, 6, 9, 29, 32, 
37, 45. 48, S8, 102, 117, 119, 
122, 132, 134-35. 137-38, 
156-57. 159, 170, 171. 173, 
179, 180, 182, 183, 184, i86, 
187, 188, 190, 192, 211, 241 

VAN COUWENHOVEN, Ja- 
cob Wolfertsen, 12, 20-21, 
26, 189, 209 
Pieter Wolfertsen, 2, 12, 15, 
22, 40, 43-45, SI, 56, 63, 65, 

69, 75, 79, 104, 1 13-14, 123, 

126, 151, 214, 220, 224, 232, 

244, 247-48 
VAN DAM, Floris, 166 
VAN DEN BERGH, Freryck 

Gysbertsen, 219 
VAN DER BEECK, Beecq, 

Paulus, 58, 92, 100, 144, 

206, 230 
VAN DER BILT, Jan, loi, no, 

117. 135-36, 142-43, 145, 

158 
Merritje Jans, no, 136 
VAN DER KUYLE, Cornells 

Barensen, 231 
VAN DER MEULEN, Joannes, 

149 
VAN DER PULLEN, Seger, 

199, 201 
VAN DER VEEN, Cornells, 

234, 236 
Cornells Albersen, 236 
Grietje, 234, 236 
Pieter Cornelissen, 2, 37, 86, 

94, 194, 19s, 196, 233-36 
Tymen, 234, 236 
Walewyn, 239, 2^1 
VAN DER VIN, Hendrick Jan- 
sen, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 

126, 128, 199, 244 



258 



Index. 



VAN DER VIN, Judick, 31 

VAN DER WALLE, Hendrick, 
247 
Seletje Jans, 247 

VAN DER WEL, Lauwerens 
Cornelissen, 60, 62, 70 

VAN DE VEN, Justus, 166-68, 
170 

VAN DE WATER, Hendrick, 
242, 243 
Jacobus, 240 

VAN DIE GRIFT, Paulus 
Leendersen, ii, 12, 13, 15, 
22, 38, 45, 48, SI, 63, 80, 85, 
87, 99, 102, 104, 112, 117, 
121, 124, 127, 130, 134-35. 
i-Z7-Z% 141, 149, 151, 153, 
156, 157, 159. 170-71, 175. 

185, 204, 207, 209, 224 
VAN DONCK, Daniel, 149, 

ISO 
VAN DORP, Cornelius, 165 
VAN DORT, Cornells Hen- 

dricksen, 179, 192 
VAN DYKE, .Hendrick, S9 
VAN ELSLANT, Claes, 50, 97, 

III, 139, 177, 202, 212-13 
Claas, senior, 134, 154, 194, 

211 
Herpert Classen, 183 
VAN EYNDHOVEN, Baltha- 

sar, 236 
VAN GUNST, Jan Hendrick- 

sen, 231 
VAN HARDERWYCK, Otto 

Gerrits, 248 
Gerrit Hendricksen, 114, 118, 

123, 244, 247-48 
VAN HASSELT, Hendrick 

Pietersen, 174, 177-78, 182, 

186, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 
211 



VAN HOOGHTEYLINGEN, 

Jan Willemsen, 107 

VAN HOORENBEECK, Jelis, 
187, 

VAN IMBROECK, Gysbert, 
61 

VAN LAAR, Arien, 180, 183 

VAN LANGSTRAAT, Pieter 
J'ansen, 3s, 56. See Romyn. 

VAN LANGEVELDE, Lan- 
geVelt, Cornelis, will of, 
239 
Cornelis, junior, 240 
Jan, 240 

VAN LINDE, Pieter, 4, 8 

VAN MEPPELEN, Dirckie 
Jans, 34 

VAN NAERDEN, Hendrick 
Jansen, 17 

VAN RUYVEN, Cornelis, Sec- 
retary, 24, 172 

VAN SALEE, Abraham Jansen, 
84 

VAN SANT. See Carstensen. 

VAN SCHELLUYNE, D., No- 
tary, 3, 8, 12, 16, 19, 35, 39, 
41, 57, no, 120, 136, 152, 
196, 199 

VAN TIENHOVEN, Cornelis, 
37; absconded, 149 note 
Janneke, 232 
Joannes, 232 
Lucas, 232 

Rachel, 87, 149-50, 202-3, 209, 
214, 232 

VAN TRIGHT, Dirck, 202 
Gerrit, 156, 158, 176 

VAN VLEECK, Tielman, ^z, 
80, 106, iiiS, 132, 13s, 143, 
156, 161, 171, 172, 176, 177, 
179, 183, 184, 185, 190, 191, 
204, 206-7, 228 



Index. 



259 



VAN VLOET, Cornelia, wife of 

J. J. de Jongh, 120 
VAN VREDENBURGH, Wil- 

lem, 162, 166 
VARREVANGER, Jacob, 206 
Jacob Hendricksen, 149, 160, 

174 

VELTHUYSEN, Aaltje, 204 
Nicolas, 47, 48, 64, 8s, 88, 
95, 99, loi, 102, 103, 104, 
106, III, 112, 118, 122, 123, 
13s, 143. IS4-SS. 156, 161, 
171-72, 176-77, 179. 183-85, 
189-91, 204, 206-12, 213-14, 
228. See Langevelthuysen. 

VERBRUGGE, Joannes, Pie- 
tersen, 56, (sz, 65, 69, 75, 79 

VERDON, Jacobus, 61, 92 
Thomas, 58, 61, 92, 93, 229 
Jacobus, 61, 92 

VERLETH, Judick, 16 

Maria, widow of Joh. van 

Beeck, 3, 6, 11, 14 
Nicolas, 7, II, 128 

VERPLANCK, Abraham, 7, 10, 
13, 30, 43. 61, 63, 177, 192 

VINCENT, Adriaan, 126, 150 

VINJE, Vigne, Jan, 5, 7, 61, 63, 
232 

VIS, Jacobus, 84, 115, 134-35, 
141-43, 145, 185, 201 

VISSER, Claas Gangelofsen, 
184, 185, 191, 204, 206, 228, 
242-43 

VOLKERS, Dorethe, 134 



WALDRON, Joseph Geresol- 

veert, 19 
Resolvert, 208 
WALE, Madelena, 79 
WALINGH, Jacob, 38 
WALRON, Thomas, 55 
WAND EL, Thomas, 65, 79 
WEMP, Jan Barentsen, 107 
WENSELS, Adam, 82 
WESSELSEN, David, 184, 192 
WILLEMS, Janneke, wife of 

Nic. Velthuysen, 88, 95, 

103, III 
Jannetie, 155 
Tysie, widow de Groot, 237, 

242-43 
WILLEMSEN, Aert, 17, is6, 

205, 207, 209 
Arien, 229 

Hendrick, 132, 133, 134, 179 
WILLETT, Robert, 52 
WINCKELHOECK, Pieter 

Jansen, 65, 74, 79, 184, 

192 
WISSELPENNINCK, Reinier, 

209 
WITT, Pieter Jansen, 132, 133 
WOLFERSEN, Jacob, 64, 65, 

66 
WOLFERTSEN. See van Cou- 

wenhoven. 
WOLSY, Joris, 63, 76, 78, I73, 

214-15 
WOUTERSEN, EGBERT, 27, 

28, 82